OldDogBlog was inspired by our dog's tendency to lunge at everyone in the 'hood. I had just quit my job, and briefly considered training him and writing a blog about it. The OldDogBlog!
Alas, when the sake-tinis wore off I realized that the old dog most in need of new tricks is me. So this is the story of my own hopeful transformation from a hard-working, stressed-out, and unfulfilled professional, to the new me, whoever she may be. Can I find satisfaction in the suburbs, on a shoestring?
Monday, August 27, 2012
"You do not have to change in order to love yourself." Some of the most obvious ideas are surprising.
You do not have to change in order to love yourself. You have to love yourself in order to change. That means embracing yourself completely, right now at this moment -as a bitter, scared, disorganized faithless mess. ... We must stop loving ourselves conditionally. We MUST stop being such jerks to ourselves. We must treat ourselves how we’d like others to treat us.
No one can have it all and people should just stop saying that already. I just listened to a woman give a speech the other day about how you CAN have it all. ... I’m sure she meant well, but I kept thinking: you don’t have it all, lady. For example: you’re not a fisherman. Fishermen get up before sunrise and pull on their plastic gear and head out onto the bay before anyone in the whole world has woken up. They glide through the water and they sit, and they wait, and they work, and they watch the sun rise over the water and they say good morning to God first. And that is their slice of happiness. Made just for them. Not you, not her, not me.