Wednesday, 31 January 2007

Left Behind

Do you ever feel like the whole world is leaving you behind?

All your friends are getting married, but you don't even have a boyfriend.
Then they all start having kids, and you still aren't married or dating anyone.

You wonder if there's something wrong with you - too fat? too young? too old? not pretty enough? too ...

Then you get older women saying, 'I know just how you feel.' Which is crazy because they have no idea what it feels like to be 25 and completely unattached because they got married at 19 or 20. For them being 21 and unmarried was unthinkable, let alone 25.

There's something about that age - 25. You can't pretend to be younger anymore, and mostly you don't want to. You've gone past the footloose and fancy free stage and really want to settle down. Your biological clock is starting to tick louder, and a career, which seemed like a wonderful idea suddenly seems like the worst thing you could possible do with the rest of your life, let alone the next 5 or 10 years.

A friend of mine has called it the quarter life crisis. I'd have to say I'm in it right now.

You get locked in to a career because your pushed into a certain stream of study from the time you choose your year 11 subjects at school. Then you may think you know what you want to do at uni, get in and do whatever that was. By then you're in debt and have to work in the area you've trained in until you've at least paid that off (unless you're lucky enough to have parents rich enough to pay your fees and then cover you while you take a year off to travel and see the world). The only trouble is that by the time you've worked in the area of your training for 3 or 4 years, you suddenly wish you'd done something else (which you didn't even know you liked at the time). That's ok if you can stand the thought of studying for 3 or 4 more years to allow you to follow another career path. But if you aren't sure what else you want to do or don't want to study, you're completely stuck. You have monthly bills coming in that require you to maintain a certain level of income and you've got used to having the money to do things whenever you can.

But do you want that type of career or are there other things you'd love to do - like get married and start a family?!

Which brings me back to where I started. No boyfriend (for whatever reason), no prospects (which is even worse), and feeling like you're completely stuck in a rut. You carved that rut out by your choices, but it wasn't really what you would have done if you'd known how you would feel 5, 10 years down the road ... or would you have still made most of those choices the same and hoped it turned out differently because of the few things you did differently?

There's no answer to this. Just the long wait, hoping that just around the corner your dreams will come true.

Tuesday, 30 January 2007

One of my favourite jokes

One afternoon, a woman goes to her refrigerator for a snack. Upon opening the refrigerator door, she is astonished to see a rabbit sitting inside.
"What are you doing in there?!", the woman exclaimed to the rabbit.
"Well, this is a westinghouse, isn't it?", replied the rabbit.
"Why yes," responded the woman, "but what are you doing?"

Wednesday, 24 January 2007

Random Question

This was my random question recently.

What kind of tape is best for creating a sculpture?
Masking tape. You can roll it into balls and when you've finished your sculpture you can paint it!

Have I inspired you?

I just don't get it

If you received a letter saying that someone was going to take legal action against you would you wait for 2 months before doing anything about it?


But that's what I've seen today.

Tuesday, 23 January 2007

100 Things

As found on Burns Abroad. The things I've done are in pink.
01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula (not on you life)
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you’ and meant it!
09. Hugged a tree (bark can really scratch)
10. Bungee jumped (never doing that!)
11. Visited Paris (only via a book)
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights (would love to see them)
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables (helped Dad grow some then eaten them)
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon (Wouldn't mind doing that)
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight (would really love to do that)
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse (didn't actually look at it, but saw the effect)
34. Ridden a roller coaster (man, what a rush!)
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking (no one else was home at the time)
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day (my brother could do it)
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Visited all 7 states in Australia (not quite, but that's the plan - only 2 to go)
40. Taken care of someone who was drunk
41. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country (never been in a foreign country)
42. Watched wild whales (Warrnambool 2003)
43. Stolen a sign
44. Backpacked in Europe
45. Taken a road-trip
46. Gone rock climbing (sort of)
48. Midnight walk on the beach
49. Gone sky diving (could be fun)
50. Taken a train through Europe
51. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
52. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table, and had a meal with them
53. Milked a cow
54. Alphabetized your CDs (only my books)
55. Sung karaoke (CU fun night - that was so much fun, but I nearly lost my voice)
56. Lounged around in bed all day (when I had chicken pox)
57. Gone scuba diving
58. Kissed in the rain (never been kissed)
59. Gone to a drive-in theater
60. Started a business (thinking about it)
61. Taken a martial arts class
62. Been in a movie
63. Crashed a party
64. Gone without food for 5 days
65. Gotten a tattoo (never, never - not even a fake one)
66. Got flowers for no reason (bought them myself)
67. Performed on stage
68. Been to Las Vegas
69. Recorded music (but not professionally - just with a tape recorder!)
70. Eaten shark
71. Buried one/both of your parents
72. Been on a cruise ship
73. Spoken more than one language fluently
74. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
75 Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
76. Had plastic surgery
77. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
78. Wrote articles for a large publication
77. Lost over 100 pounds
79. Piloted an airplane (would really love to do this one day)
80. Petted a stingray
81. Broken someone’s heart
82. Broken a bone (my ankle - 2 days before Christmas 1992)
83. Eaten sushi
84. Had your picture in the newspaper (several times)
85. Parasailed
86. Skipped all your school reunions (only had one although it was more an anniversary than a reunion - I was doing exams at the time and couldn't fly across the country for it)
87. Shaved your head
88. Caused a car accident
89. Pretended to be "sick" ('mental health day' at work)
90. Surfed in the ocean (body surfed)
91. Saved someone's life
92. Fainted (too many times, and often in embarassing situations)
93. Been in the room while someone is giving birth
94. Hitchhiked
95. Adopted a child
96. Been caught daydreaming
97. Been to the Grand Canyon
98. Called off a wedding engagement (never been engaged so I couldn't have done this)
99. Donated your blood
100. Accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and trusted Him to cleanse you for your sins, so that you too may have eternal life

Obvious Comments

Have you ever been amazed by some of the obvious comments that are made?

The most recent example I've heard was made by a TV station as they advertised for an up coming sporting event.

"We are the only station with exclusive access."

Duh! Of course they are the only station with exclusive access. If they weren't it wouldn't be exclusive!!