Two Brains

by LesleyG on November 5, 2013

There are some people that are rarely impacted by the passing of time. I mean, in the way that you might say wow, where did that month go? I am sure there are those people. I don’t think I know any of them, but still, they are around. They look at their calendar a week before the new month and plan out goals and then get them all done. Or they go through each season with ease, as if there is nothing sad about leaves falling off trees. I know you people exist. I also know I’m not one of you.

I look at my calendar five days into the new month and hope I didn’t miss anything I was supposed to do on the First. I don’t miss appointments, I’m never late, so I think this must be another part of the brain working here. There is one part of the brain that gets to meetings on time, and there is another part that gets to life on time.

My Gets To Life On Time brain is weak.

I don’t feel pushed through time so much as… sucked.

It is hard not to feel that way for many of us, as if we’re not voluntarily participating in time but rather trying to keep up, and for a long while I thought this was wrong. I thought I had to change something I was doing in order to make an impact, because last time I checked it was 1996 and I had all kinds of time. Make an impact on what, I don’t know. But what I do know is that constantly trying to keep up, or really to feel like I’m keeping up, leaves almost no time or energy to actually do anything, except think about how its not 1996.
Slowly I am working on letting go of that need to feel like I’m keeping up. Slowly I am realizing that life is short and its a lot shorter if you spend too much time talking about how short it is. I am letting myself feel okay about my Gets To Meetings On Time brain, and not worrying about my Gets To Life On Time brain, and with practicing this I’m realizing that getting to life on time is already done.

If I just keep showing up, even when feeling sucked through time, life is there waiting. And much of the time all that means is that yes, I am the kind of person that needs to stop and think about leaves falling off trees.


Okay then

by LesleyG on November 4, 2013

I was leaving the post office the other day and as I walked out the double door I glanced behind me–LIKE PEOPLE DO–and saw two teenaged boys heading toward the doors behind me. So I waited the half-second it took for them to get to the door and held it for them. LIKE PEOPLE DO.

Now. Usually when we do this, the person behind you, unless they are very old, feeble, have other challenges preventing them from getting the door… gets the door. You say thanks, hopefully, and you get the door, and the decent human ahead of you who held it continues walking. Right? I don’t even need an answer. That’s rhetorical.

So these kids, instead of getting the door, don’t even reach for the door. Don’t even try to hold it. So I think okay, well this is happening. But then, the kids go to walk AROUND ME. As in, thanks for holding the door let me pass by you and just pretend like I opened that door with my amazing teenage powers.

I was already rolling my eyes. I couldn’t stop it. I was already at “REALLY?” without trying. But I catch myself making the decision to say something. This is a bonus of age! You get to SEE yourself making the choice to say something and decide whether you should say it. And I did say it. “Uh, guys, no. You get the door, you don’t pass the woman who held it and keep walking.”

I wasn’t some angry insane woman. I wasn’t the road rage version of myself. I was the I-can’t-not-say-something-but-I-won’t-be-crazy version. Mostly acceptable. I think. And one kid said “Uhhh, oh.” The other kid hit is friend on the shoulder. And at least they both stopped trying to hurry around me as I headed to my car.

Walking to my car I thought to myself “So. I guess this is who I am now.” I am this adult person who sometimes just can’t take perceived rudeness around her and might say something. Well.

I’m not willing to debate if this is good or bad. I don’t even care. Its just one of those times when you catch yourself seeing yourself. Actually observing who you are and what stage you’re in, and in spite of all the stuff your psyche will tell you about being older, or being like your parents, or what you must look like, its fine. You find yourself okay with it.


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