I once asked a friend if he’d heard a song from an album he often sang from. And he said, “No dude.. it’s probably at the end of the album. I fall asleep by then.” I was wondering about it for a minute and that’s when I was hit by the importance of the “Shuffle” key.
The OCD in me cringes at the random order in which the songs are thrown at me. But I guess that’s the point of it.
The suspense of which song will play next. The feeling of being surprised when you expect a slow song, but a rocking upbeat song wakes you up from your daydreams. And then an unexpected song plays and speaks to you on a personal level like it were giving you a message from beyond. And you’re all like, “How did you know?!”
“Shuffle” kinda plays the same role in life, as well. When stuck in a rut, it is always helpful to just shuffle things up a bit. Probably turn things around in your schedule. Maybe meet people you haven’t been in touch with in a while. Maybe watch a movie you’ve always wanted to. Probably finish the book you’ve always intended to.
Or try something different. Read a book you’d have never read. Watch a movie that is so un-like you. Do something healthy like take a walk, that you’d probably never do. Look up the recipe and cook your favorite dish. Go for a meal alone.
Life won’t seem so stuck anymore. It won’t suck to be in the same place anymore. Because you’ll see it differently. The album would be the same, but the songs would be different. The order of things would be different. You’ll experience the same Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday differently than before. If anything, life will become interesting. And worth living another day.
“Thank you” is probably one of the best phrases, ever! It is a blessing to humanity, here’s why:
1. You can diffuse any difficult situation with a “Thank you” and walk away, triumphant.
2. You can say “thank you” as many times as you want. If you say sorry too often, people will say stop apologizing so much. But have you ever heard anyone say “stop thanking me”? I rest my case.
3. It takes only a second to say and can mean so much to the person you’re saying it to. Like a person who has been thanked often to a person who has never been thanked, everyone appreciates gratitude.
4. You can double it with a smile and you could either be sarcastic or be genuine. No one will know.
5. Saying “thank you” does nothing to diminish your ego. If you have to say sorry to someone when you know it’s their fault, it hurts our ego. But saying thank you does not indicate anything. It only shows that you’re grateful and ends up making you look like the bigger person.
6. You can say it sarcastically and no one will take offense.
7. You can say the same two words either formally or informally. Isn’t that something?
So thank you for taking time to read this bit! 🙂
“Welcome to adulthood.”
“25 huh? Time to settle down eh?”
While my mind fully comprehends that these good-natured people mean well, my heart chooses to crawl away into a corner and sob silently.
Such a significant milestone, crossed. I suddenly realize that I will never be 24 again. Or 22. Or celebrate my 21st again.
Now I can say things like “We met 15 years ago” and almost feel my skin wrinkle and my teeth pop out.
Now is when I’d start getting offended if a child calls me “aunty”.
Now I can’t dismiss those stray strands of white hair saying they’re a “sign of wisdom”.
Now I understand why adult acne is such a big deal.
Now I realize the role of that extra carb on my body.
Now I understand what it feels like to be on the other side of the Generation Gap.
So you’re probably thinking that this is just a me over-reacting. But now I can say overly dramatic things and still come across as sane. Because I’m older and that means I am right. 🙂