Life is fucking scary.
We spend almost 100% of our time trying not to die in really creative ways. We created safe cars because otherwise, they’ll kill us. We created heating and air conditioning, hot water heaters, stoves, microwaves, fridges, washing machines to keep us safe from murdering ourselves. We wear clothes so the sun doesn’t murder us with our own ignorance. We created tasers and other (worse) weapons because other people want to kill us, too. A lot.
When you think about life logically, you’re near death kind of a lot. Life becomes less boring, sure, but also 3,000% more terrifying.
We can’t live our lives in a hole though. We can’t say no to everything and do the bare minimum in hopes that we’ll be safer. We can’t stay terrified in bed all day because that shit causes bedsores and that is worse than death.
Life is terrifying, yes, but also so wonderful and manic and full of so much fun and awesomeness that we only have a few short years to experience. We are so finite, given so little time to experience all that the world, that the universe has to offer.
However, we can’t say yes to booze and Little Debbie all the time because, sadly, that will also kill us.
Life is cruel like that.
Where is the line between too much no and too much yes? How do we balance fear and adventure? How do we feel just alive enough to not be dead? When we say no too much to life, we end up bored to tears. When we say yes too much, we ramp ourselves into the Grand Canyon of busy-ness and burnout. What do we do, then?
That’s what we’ll be discussing this month is the thin line between No and Yes and how choosing one or the other affects our lives. We’ll hear from Jen and Abby, our lovely council ladies, and a couple of surprise contributors, and hopefully from you as well!
What have you said yes to recently that you loved or regretted? What have you said no to that you loved or regretted? How do you find that balance?