The Grass is NOT Always Greener

It seems that lately I come across many people who make assumptions about me and my life without any real knowledge of the things they are assuming.  When you work with people from all over the world, this happens quite frequently.  For me, this helps put things in greater perspective.  Other people, however, seem to forget that there are two sides to every coin.  For everything there is a tradeoff.  The world has to maintain balance somehow.

Let’s take the simple example of climate where people live.  People seem to hold living in Florida against me.  This isn’t meant to be some political global warming propaganda, just simple, time-tested truth.

 

“O you’re from Florida, you can’t handle the cold.”

There are so many things wrong with this statement, or any like it.  First off, because I’m FROM Florida, doesn’t mean I have always lived there.  If you took the time to know me, instead of judging me, you would know that I lived in New England for three years where I slid down a snowy hill on a trash can lid in a pink snow suit.  But thank you for making an assumption.  Secondly, we are having this conversation in Alaska, which is reasonably cold.  Think I did alright there.  I handled Norway and the northernmost city in the world just fine too.  Thank you for asking.

Now, you joke about me not being able to handle the cold, but can you handle the heat?  Have you ever been to Florida in August?  Just because it’s nice when you’re there in December/January thinking it’s a great escape from you snowy land, try coming back in August and then we’ll talk.  We might not have to shovel our cars out of the snow to get to work, but we generally have to put a towel over our seats to not take off the skin when we sit on them.  Or how about having to take four showers a day because the minute you walk outside, you’re covered in sweat again.  Or how about being told not to even go outside because the UV index is so high.  I wonder how your snow-white skin would fare in our August sun.

And rain; don’t even get me started on rain.  “O it rains every day here, you’ll absolutely hate it.”

Again, have you ever been to Florida?  It rains every day here too.  In fact, you can almost time the rain.  The nickname “Sunshine State” is such a misnomer.  Did you know that Florida is actually the lightening capital of the world?  Then there’s the whole other issue of an entire season called HURRICANE SEASON.  So yes, we don’t lose power and miss school for blizzards, but we do lose power and miss school for hurricanes.  Have you ever been put under “24-hour” curfew for 72 hours and stuck with your entire family in a house with no TV, no internet, no phone, no lights, and, worst of all, no A/C – in 96F/34C temperatures?  Have you had to bathe in a swimming pool and boil water to brush your teeth to go to work because you had no running water when there was no power to run your electric well pump?  Long story short, it rains in Florida too.

 

 

This is just an easy example that everyone should be able to understand.  I don’t know at what point it became trendy to “one down” each other.  “O, I have it so much more difficult than you.  You don’t have to deal with A, B, & C!”  Ok, yes, maybe.  But I do have to deal with X, Y, & Z.  Everyone has something they have to deal with.  Just because it might not be the same as what you deal with, doesn’t mean it is any less difficult.

Bottom line, don’t judge people based on where they’re from – especially if it’s not even a place that you have been (tourist trap towns do NOT count!)  You know what happens when you ASS-U-ME.

Life is an Adventure

Here is what I reallized this week: Life is an adventure!  My last post was all about remembering some of my best memories that I could think of.  What about the ones that didn’t turn out as planned?  What about the not so goo things that turned into great things, or at the very least a funny story?

For instance, one of my memories was my surprise party- but originally I was depressed because no one could come to the party I was trying so hard to plan for myself.

Or there’s the adventure that made me realize this in the first place.  The other night, I got off work and was ready to go out when I couldn’t find my phone.  I couldn’t find it anywhere in work, so I went to search my car one more time.  Upon doing so, I locked my keys, and all my money, cards, etc.  in my car.  And all of this was without anything to drink!  So I went back inside and everyone I work with was surprised how calm I was.  What was I supposed to do? I’ve locked my keys in the car plenty of times before, I know I can get them out.  My phone was a little more worrisome, but I have insurance on it, thankfully.  My boss even offered to buy me a beer while I hung out and waited for my coworkers to get done.  I took him up on the offer of course (I never pass on free beer!).  I helped my coworkers close up so they could come help me with my car.  We were trying to break-in with my antenna and an ice cream scoop.  The other two guys decided to run to the store and buy a six-pack, we could have a little party in the parking lot!  When they came back they informed us they had found a cop with a slim jim who would be by to help shortly.  Meanwhile, we continued our method and drank some beers.  The cops came out and were very nice.  I’ve asked other cops to help me when I locked my keys in my car and they said they were not allowed to unless a pet or child was inside.  By the time they got there, my 3 coworkers, my manager, and 4 or 5 of the cooks were there watching, some helping.  I felt so special!

And while it sucks not having a phone for a few days,  now I have a funny story to tell people!

And the moral of that story is: You can turn even some of the crappiest moments of life into a party.  And I’m glad to have such nice coworkers and city police.

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