March 26, 2009

DON'T DO THIS

How To Drive Yourself Insane
by Sarah

1) Marry the most wonderful person on the planet. Have everything in common, down to what foods and movies and columnists you like. Never quarrel. Have the happiest homelife imaginable.

2) Save 50% of your income for the first five years of marriage. Never go out to dinner or on vacation. Delay all gratification. Make every decision based on your financial calculator so that you'll have a substantial nest egg.

3) Reach all your financial, professional, and emotional goals. Decide it's finally time for life's most important goal: to become a family.

4) Watch all your babies die and half of your money disappear in the stock market.

Posted by Sarah at March 26, 2009 08:33 AM | TrackBack
Comments

But you're not insane, and I don't think you ever will be.

The world is insane. The norm is nuts. Even at your lowest point, you still rise high above the crowd.

You did everything right. That knowledge doesn't make up for the pain or the loss, but could you live with yourself if you lowered your standards? I doubt it.

Posted by: Amritas at March 26, 2009 10:02 AM

But you're not insane, and I don't think you ever will be.

The world is insane. The norm is nuts. Even at your lowest point, you still rise high above the crowd.

You did everything right. That knowledge doesn't make up for the pain or the loss, but could you live with yourself if you lowered your standards? I doubt it. Given a second chance, you'd still do it all over again. It's who you are.

Posted by: Amritas at March 26, 2009 10:07 AM

Amritasí comment is worthy of reading twice (even if it was unintentional).

Posted by: tim at March 26, 2009 10:44 AM

Fluffy loves redundancy!

Posted by: Amritas at March 26, 2009 10:54 AM

That just means that its time to live NOW.

Don't delay anymore. Don't worry anymore. Mourn, yes... and then take a deep breath and enjoy the love in your life.

You are blessed. Always.

Posted by: T at March 26, 2009 11:20 AM

The consolation prize is that you can now claim some wisdom. Yes, I'd also rather be dumb and happy.

Posted by: David Boxenhorn at March 26, 2009 12:43 PM

At the risk of sounding trite (which I don't mean at all), when you look back on this in one year, five years, ten years, it will have shaped you into the person you become.

And I don't think that will be insane.

Coming from someone who's had different trials that at times were not worth surviving, and looking back, I can see the whys, hows and whatfors of the circumstance.

No, that's no comfort. Just saying.

Posted by: Meadowlark at March 26, 2009 04:07 PM