Rime time

I would like to add to my list of sayings I abhor, "I'm a poet, and don't even know it." (Or any variation of.)

Sure it was clever in elementary school, but "up your nose with a rubber hose" was also a popular saying at one point and we got through that.

The biggest problem with the 'poet'/'know it' rhyme is the person who typically uses it is quite far from any form of a poet. Dr. Seuss is lost on these people yet they, along with Will Ferrell and the Bros, think it is hilarious to rhyme two bisyllabic words.

I am by no means a connoisseur of poetry, I wouldn't even consider myself a fan. However, I am intellectually capable of independent thought (e.g. I'm a bard, and it's not hard).

It is particularly important to end this silly rhyme as we head in to the new year. I foresee a year packed with "clever" sayings: "Don't Wait in '08," "It's Not Too Late in 2008," etc.


If I ruled the world

I have great plans for this Earth. Big ideas for the economy, clever schemes for the culture and a bit of advice for a few of the current 'world leaders.'

Fair trade and a balanced form of socialism have always had their appeal. Getting 800 bucks from the gov doesn't sound like such a bad idea (actually, it sounds like an awful idea - but I would accept it regardless). I think everyone should see Turandot and some form of Cirque du Soleil, it will just make the world a better place.

I think world leaders should count to 10 before they make big decisions.

However, these things can all be pushed aside if I can implement this one:

Everybody needs a therapist.

This world has a complete lack of understand, of itself. The general population has no idea what is going on in their own head. There is so much that could be uncovered - and likely helped - by the simple implementation of world-wide counseling.

Many people find this stigmatic. Having a therapist/shrink/psychiatrist/psychologist/counselor means they are crazy or having some to hide. Well, most people do.

Having someone who's sole purpose is to listen to you (and help you if required), with no expectation from their end (except potential payment) is the ultimate release. I don't care how much yoga or cardio you do - if you don't have a therapist you are not healthy. (And not a "friend who is really good at listening either," these people are just out to get you.)

When I rule the world (yes, "when") I will require each individual to have a therapist (and a personal stylist, but that is for a later post).

So, why not vote for me?


Youth of ages

In perusing the blogs this morning I came across this Gawker article discussing the mid-life crisis. Stein doesn't do a lot to make any points concerning the Times article the post is talking about - but it got me thinking.

I am looking forward to my mid-life crisis. It's true. And I don't think I am alone in this. I consider mid-life just that - half way through my life. Assuming my MLC hits at approximately 50 (50's the new 40), think of all the things I will have done by then. Even more so, think of all the things I can do after that. In the first 40 years you are encumbered with a number of burdens: financial dependency, lack of experience, breastfeeding. Once you have put that behind you, you can skyrocket towards your next goal. The mid-life crisis is a chance at renewal, a left-turn on the road of life.

Richard Friedman drones unendingly about the MLC being the move a narcissistic man trying to "turn back the clock." Big deal. We all try to keep that clock stalled (e.g. eating healthfully, using sunblock, botox) why not go ahead and crank it back a few years. When a man, after 30 years of marriage, suddenly decides to seek a new life is anyone really shocked? Is this really the first sign the wife has seen of his dislike of the situation. (Perhaps it is, but life is life and we can't control it.)
One of the reasons I feel free to do the things I do, take the risks I take - is I know half way through I get a retry. Painful for some, but it gets me through the day.