“You always look mad.”
First of all, none of us always do anything. I am not a fan of absolutes, ie. ‘You never…’, ‘you always…,’ ‘every time….’ Not to propose that I don’t say those things to my husband, my son, my dog, the cat. Just saying that I don’t like it when it refers to me. But it is quite possible that I really do look mad, almost all the time. Part of that comes from the perma-scowl that I have decorating my brow line. This feature is so prominent that not even a Botox treatment I bought at an auction could eradicate the crevice – that looks more like a crevasse – found on my forehead. Seriously – both that it didn’t work, and that I bought Botox at my son’s school auction. Yes, for nothing more than the promise of a smooth forehead, I was willing to risk complete embarrassment (mine and my husband’s… son is oblivious to me, my life, and what I do – he’s 12).
By the way, the ‘line’ isn’t from worrying. It, in fact, debuted about the time I started working in TV news about 20 years ago. There is something about going ‘live’ every night to a mass of humanity you do not know while your boss is sitting at home making a note of every thing you screwed up. Not a profession for anyone who wants to keep a youthful glow about them.
Back to the topic that is actually furthering the depth of the abyss found mid-brow line… I mentioned a few days ago I had an epiphany that my new business should be me when it comes to finally getting this extra weight off my voluptuous figure. Well, today’s epiphany came when I was making my third trip to my son’s school ~ which is a story for another time. Basically, I started wondering if maybe, just maybe, every extra inch was really some unresolved resentment. And if that were possible, couldn’t it be equally possible that the reason that I ‘always look mad’ is because maybe I am… just not for the reasons most obvious.
One of the reasons I came to (or jumped to) this conclusion is that I always lose my ‘eating right’ battle if I go home to some family gathering. Dare I say, that perhaps there might be some unsolved resentment that comes bubbling to the ugly surface with the mere mention of a trip to the homeland? Ha! I am here to tell you there are a whole lotta resentments in that realm for me. Each and every one is quite frankly based on some harbored hurt feeling from when I was a kid. Stupid? Absolutely. Change anything that I know it’s stupid? Absolutely not.
This brings me to the question of if maybe it is time to purge the resentments of my life! There is a rumor going around that in the not too distant future I maybe celebrating a milestone birthday. It seems to me that a woman of 50-that’s-the-new-30 should probably get over herself and deal with her demons. It may even be time to set free the annoyances that have me creasing my face! Ahhhh… but how? I have read you should make a list of things that you need to ask forgiveness for as an act of purging your demons, then burn the list as a way to set yourself free. Seems so… anonymous and private. Oh how utterly bourgeois! In this day of reality TV, facebook, twitter, isn’t it so much more vogue to tell all? Now if I was a true coward, which I am most certainly not, there is also the option of the website tellingsecrets.org – seriously, you can share those confidences that are dying to be told… all anonymously.
My inner debate is about how honest and candid I should be here? Should I really list my resentments to make a point? (I mean to free my pounds?) Perhaps a happy medium can be found… list them in somewhat vague terms ~ friends, family, former boyfriends ~ read into it what you will. In the interest of you, dear readers, I am not going to bore you with my perceived ‘wrongs’ here. At least not yet…
Instead, you tell me… does laying it all on the line really ‘lighten’ your load? Should I write a list? Public or private? Guide me my wise readers! If you want to see the list, let me know in the ‘other’ column in the poll! (English gurus – I know there is an error in the question below, but my Polldaddy skills are not quite refined. No need to point it out, thank you;)