Thursday, December 29, 2011

Life Is Way Too Short

I just finished reading a book by Fanny Flagg (love her) called "I Still Dream About You".  I wasn't too sure if I was going to like it, it's very unlike most of her other books, but as it went on I came to love the story and, most of all, the characters.  I especially loved Maggie Fortenberry, the main character and former Miss Alabama who is now in her 60's. Maggie has lived most of her life with her past in the fore front of her mind, at least until the end of the book.  I won't tell you the ending, you may want to read it yourself and be delightfully surprised, as I was.  Oops, sorry, spoiler.
Anyway, what with reading the book and the coming of the new year I have come to the same conclusion that Maggie did; life is just too darn short to waste it.  I've made a mental list of things that life is too short to do or not to do, and I'm going to share them with you if you're interested.  I'd be willing to bet that you have a list of your own.
First of all, life is too short to hold a grudge, even against a sister who keeps doing the same dumb things time and time again.  I've decided that I can't help what she has done or what she will do in the future, I can only help how I react to her.  She's my sister and I will love her despite her actions. Although, I won't always love her actions.  I am not going to pass by Carlos' donut shop  when  I am dying for an apple fritter.  I'm going to stop in, say hi to Carlos, order my donut and sit and eat and relish it guilt free.  I am not going to feel personally offended when the mean checker at the grocery store doesn't even look at me and say thank you, I will simply understand that perhaps she's had a crappy day.  We all have those from time to time. Life is too short to not stop cleaning the kitchen and sit down with my grandchildren and play the new game they got for Christmas, Queen something or other.  I'm not going to covet that cute little green Fiat that I love that is parked in the lot by Jack in the Box and wonder how could someone who works at a fast food place afford that car.  I'm just going to be thankful that I don't have a car payment.  Life is absolutely too short to wear those cute red high heels that I bought, but make my feet feel like I've just walked 100 miles in combat boots across the Gobi Desert.  I am not going to feel guilty about my reality tv shows that bring me much amusement.  I am going to enjoy every single day of this new year and hopefully handle the bumps in the road with grace.  And...I am going to stop slouching and stand up straight.

1 comment:

  1. That is really nice. I like the sister thing, and the donut thing and just about every thing as well :).