Have you ever seen that show called Wipeout? The contestants are wearing helmets and knee pads and have to navigate through a series of obstacles that threaten to throw them 15 feet down into a pool of water? Oh- and they're shot out of a cannon into the water and have to climb up and out just in order to start the course.
The first time I watched that show I laughed till I cried. In subsequent viewings, I howled at the hilarity of it all; it just couldn't lose it's humor for me. Then last night it occurred to me that this show is a perfect metaphor for my life (at the moment), and all of a sudden it was no longer funny.
I've had the t.v. on lately just to serve as background noise. My son has been home from school ever since the holiday break and since he is not much of a talker (and can't hear the tv anyway), I've relied on the sounds of the t.v. for a little company. You wouldn't believe how often during the day one hears the phrase "on your side". Whether it be a news program, a law firm commercial, or an add for a medication, that phrase is being said all day long. It's enough to really make you paranoid - everyone else must not be on my side! They're all against me!
I've been feeling like I'm in battle mode for far too long, so maybe I'm just a little oversensitive to this message. Either way, I have turned off the t.v. and turned on the cd player. There's no sense in doing anything, no matter how benign it may seem, that encourages my tendency to worry or feel a sense of self pity.
I still have high hopes for the new year, but it's getting off to a really lousy start.
What do you guys do to feel better? When you're feeling stuck in the muck of it all, is there anything that you have found to be a good diversion? I'm all ears.