I mostly try to keep my AI’s light-hearted. There’s enough ohmygoodnessareyoukiddingmewiththis? moments in my life (and I imagine everyone’s lives) that I prefer to cultivate a little bit of fun in my week by choosing questions that are, frankly, easy to answer. No research, no morality searching, no need for a deconstruction of one’s formative years. It’s a very good life, and I like to celebrate it.
But sometimes life barges in and breaks things, as life is wont to do. (In my head I kinda picture “life” as a globe colored version of the Kool Aid dude.)
My mom used to tell me to “keep my head down against the storm.” She also taught me that I can do just about anything for ten minutes. As an adult, these tips respectively got me through dealing with my Dad’s death last summer and the one spin class I will ever take. Ever. (Ever.)
Just recently I’ve seen it in my fellow Skepchicks Surly Amy, Maria and Donna continuing to do good with grace even while they should, not for nothing, curl up and mope in a ball of fuzzy pj’s, ice cream and scotch is an example. How on Earth Rebecca does not explode from the impolitic hate that lands on her every single day is inexplicable, but that she does it while still being able to rationally discuss, learn and enjoy is simply transcendent. And all that’s just here at Skepchick HQ. There are countless more examples of “living through this” all over the webernets and in each of our lives.
So much strength all around me, and even so, sometimes I’m overwhelmed. I want to “go back” to a fictitious time that never happened in anyone’s life or mine, when everything was easy and worked just the way I’d pictured it in my head. Since I can’t do that, I come to you:
How do you just keep going when things are not life threatening and yet are trying? How do you manage to live on?
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3pm ET.