Monday, January 25, 2016

Monda Mantra: Life

mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of "creating transformation".

Every Monday I will post a new thought, idea, or focus for the week. When you need a breather from life, when you need a little inspiration, or when you're about to jump over the conference table and strangle your co-worker, remember the mantra.

Monday Mantra: That's life
Cat Coquillette
Human beings fascinate me. The things we do, why we do them, why we don't, why we're crazy, why we're sane, why we lie or cheat or murder or love- this stuff never bores me. It annoys me, it infuriates me, it uplifts me. It makes me question a lot of things. It gives me hope and simultaneously crushes it, but it never get boring.

Lately, there have been so many Weird Human Encounters that I have to walk around telling myself, "This is normal, don't freak out, this is just life." Let's take, for instance, my upcoming wedding. It is shocking how invested people get in a wedding that isn't theirs, and I don't mean in a good, loving way. I mean in a Strangers Inviting Themselves To Your Wedding & Not Kidding About It way. On one hand, it's very flattering that they're fond of us and want to be a part of our special day, but on the other hand WHOA! I assumed all adult, grown-up people knew better than to do things like this, but it turns out I was wrong. Silly me!

Or let's take for instance when people steal or "borrow" or copy your ideas. Now, it's a big world out there and a lot of things are going to be similar, they just are. And yes, it can be flattering when this happens. However, when it is exactly (or pretty darn close to exactly) what you are doing/creating/whatever-ing then it's not so much flattering and far more irritating. Even when it's with their best intentions. Not to mention how limiting it is to them. Instead of uncovering their own creative side and figuring out their own way, they've chosen to imitate rather than grow.

I've also been hearing a lot of the "bitch" excuses lately. You know, when someone says something completely rude or mean and then they follow it up with a "I'm such a bitch, hahahaha" lame-o explanation for why they're the way they are, like that's an acceptable reason. IT IS NOT. Don't get me wrong, I know people that use this in jest and they're some of the biggest hearted folks on the planet, but I know other people who use this as a bandaid attempt to mask who they really are, which is someone who is either deeply hurting and doesn't know how to handle life or, frankly, someone who is a terrible person. Neither one of these count as excuses, by the way. You have a responsibility to be a decent human being to not just yourself, but anyone you encounter. It is your job to manage yourself, your thoughts, your words. No one - seriously - no one is buying your "bitch" act. They're on to you. Grow up.

Whew, went off on a little tangent there. My bad.

See? Life is a lot of things, but boring is not one of them.

C'est la vie!

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