I have come to learn that there are certain things in life that I have no control over. I may have influence on them, but I have absolutely no control over them. Some are light-hearted while others have taken some time and consideration to even be included in a list of what I share with others.
- The weather. As we’ve seen on a global scale overnight, we have no idea when a devastation like a tsunami is coming or not. Living in Michigan only emphasizes my lack of control over the weather. As much as I love the beauty of a good snowstorm, I only like seeing the white stuff between the day after Thanksgiving and January 15. Anything beyond that becomes monotonous.
- How many movie writers steal my life story to be put on the screen. I’ve complained many times before about how my life ends up on the silver screen. 27 Dresses, The Devil Wears Prada (sort of), The Graduate … the list could go on. The only thing missing in my life that these movies have is the token boyfriend who makes all worries go away. Oh, wait, that’s the fictionalized part of the movie.
- The inevitability of spilling something on my shirt when I have nachos or spaghetti. I had to change my shirt at lunch yesterday because I made the mistake of making myself spaghetti. And then I ate nachos for dinner. I’m a bright one.
- How other people react to me. I may have control over how I act, and I know that may not always be in the most mature and responsible. However, I should not have the expectation that other people will overlook my insensitivities and irritated comments. When it comes to an argument, I can apologize for my part, for the things I’ve said and the ways I’ve acted, but I cannot expect any kind of apology out of the other person. And I’m learning to be okay with that.