Friday, March 2, 2012

Sometimes, It Takes a Crazy Straw.

This seems to have been a week filled with anxiety, sadness and illness. I have heard from so many friends and family that are going through an emotional or physical issue, people that are taking care of loved ones in need of them. I also have seen the anger and disbelief over things in our political arena. People are upset, terrible things are said, nothing ever seems to really improve.

It occurred to me today that life is so often a crappy frozen dinner when what we wanted was a feast.

Then I remembered the quote: "Life is what you make it."

I am certainly not saying that we forget we are sick, worried about someone we love, that we don't have enough money, that the world is going to hell in a handbasket... what I am suggesting is to eat your frozen dinner on your best china. And don't forget a drink.

If you are overwhelmed, put down that stack of worry for a minute. Sadly, those things aren't going anywhere. I want you to go to the store and buy a can, bottle, or jug of your favorite beverage. I'm getting orange soda. Yep, orange Crush in the can, baby. Now comes the awesome part: get a crazy straw. Yep, those twirly, goofy straws you loved when you were 5. Insert into beverage. Sip.

Remember that we are not the trouble in our life. We are the crazy straw. We are full of twists and turns and sometimes are ridiculous, making just plain drinks into something wonderful. Once you have your crazy straw in place, help someone else find theirs.

Sometimes all we can do in this life is remember that we can make even the not so great things in life better. But only if we are willing to get a little crazy.


  1. Nicole, this made me smile. Well written

  2. Love it. LOVE IT. Tonight, no crazy straw - have to go out - but tomorrow night, as soon as I get in from work, it is CRAZY STRAW TIME. And wine. Wine through a crazy straw. You're the best, lady.

  3. My crazy straw is shaped like a heart right now. :-) I am slurping up awesomeness and win.