Monday, July 7, 2008

A Good Day


I cannot whine without feeling guilty, especially when I whine publicly. So, I feel the need to make a retraction, at least to You, my Small and Faithful reading audience.

So, as Emily Littela used to say on SNL, "Never mind."

I don't mind admitting that I'm a pretty simple guy. I am very grateful that my life is mostly uncomplicated and stress-free. It is simple things that I am grateful for on a daily basis.

A good day is when I pull into my neighborhood on my scooter and realize that I have arrived home safely, once again, in one piece.

A good day is when I don't get pulled over by a cop, when I don't get a ticket, and when I don't have an accident or even a minor spill on the road. A good day is when I don't hit or run over a child or a small animal (not that I ever have, knock wood).

A good day is when I still have my wallet and cell phone and keys, when nothing is lost or stolen.

I am grateful for my pets and for Domestic Partner. I am grateful that my health is so good that I take it for granted most of the time. I am grateful to be employed, and I am grateful for my past work experience. I am grateful to have a roof over my head and more than enough to eat (to the point that I worry about my weight).

I am grateful for close friends and family members.

I often think that if I were to die tomorrow, I would be grateful for the life I have lived, so far. But I sure hope I get to live for a few more decades.

Simple? Yes. Boring? Maybe. A life with almost no conflict does not give me much fodder for interesting writing.

Thank goodness for fiction.


golfwidow said...

The problem is that rants are not only more interesting to others, they're more interesting to write or talk about onesself. Which leads to people with perfect lives telling interviewers about how tired they are of the maid not cleaning up after the dog quickly enough, and leads to us making fun of those people. (I mean, for frig's sake, it's a CHIHUAHUA; even if you step in it, it's only about the size of a large jellybean anyway.)

the Constantly Dramatic One said...

Where is the drama Peter? WHHHHEEEERE?!! You dissapoint me. =p

And yes, any days that we dont run over small children is a good day in my book.

thelastnoel said...

What a lovely post. It's good to be drama-free.

Peter Varvel said...

GW, ha ha! Yeah. Is that something I should be concerned about - wanting to write, but not really having anything of actual interest or significance to write about?
Ah, screw it!

TCDO, fortunately, my family past is chock full of dysfunction! It will be a form of free therapy if I can get any writing accomplished about even some of that! And yay free therapy!

N, thanks! And may you have many peaceful days ahead of you, despite your simultaneous schedules!