Fun fact: I keep slips of paper in my clear fake hipster phone case. Ya know the ones you buy on Amazon for $7.
Not in a “I’m a pack rat basketcase” way, but in a “Everytime I get Chinese, I keep the message” way. Seriously, I Do!
I keep those fortune cookie quote/note thingys as a constant reminder of what took one dude five minutes to write can/will inspire me for a lifetime. [So the jokes on the author of those things !]
Now… I can already feel it coming…
One or ten or a hundred or even half the population of y’all is going ask, “Are you crazy?!” for openly admitting that. And to avoid the stereotypically sarcastic cliche comebacks. I ,your honour, will confirm anytime/anywhere (and in my best Foghorn Leghorn, South Carolina drawl) that YES… I am!
And have been since the womb days when I would play ‘Kick the sour cream tub off mom’s stomach’ in the comfort of my dark, viscous protections.
In a sense, I am what my own and younger generations call “Extra” , and what older generations call, “Too Much” and demand that I “Stop that and calm down” !
But does keeping words of encouragement add on to my ever growing list of reasons why Nurse Ratched* should supervise my every move?
Ummm no… Duh..
For I never have ever believed that a tiny piece of tree -that could’ve been delivered via bewildered carrier pigeon- can or will determine any future, fate, or destiny of my own.
And to be quite honest, I Hate It when people take something of spiritual guidance (tarot cards or psychics) as solid truth and rant about how their life is predestined!
For to give up control or mistake words of empowerment/guidance/spiritualism as figurative stone is Way More Wild than diving into Piranha infested waters wearing Lady Gaga’s VMA meat suit, or to skydive into a Very active volcano and expecting to come out a radioactive superhero.
But as a person who grew up in a spiritual household, I was also taught to question everything! So when I put a new fortune cookie note thingy in my phone case, I never let it determine my life!
I let the words Empower and Encourage me to take control of my life! And stay positive!
And don’t even TEST ME on how fucking hard that can be!
So next time you get Chinese food or a tarot card reading, take those words with a dash of C5H8NO4NA …
*cough cough… MSG…COUGH COUGH*
*Film buff moment: Watch “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” for the reference