Chump Lady is feeling a little stabby lately. This is what comes from following the news cycle. I won’t get into it. I try to keep things nonpartisan here, which when you’re a stabby person, isn’t the easiest thing. Trust me, there’s a lot of imagined lapel-grabbing and shrieking. And then a beta blocker and a carbohydrate.
Stabby feelings pass. The important thing is persistence. Gotta live another day to fight the bastards.
When I’m in the throes of stabby feelings, I imagine revenge. Actual revenge, I counsel very strongly against. But imagined revenge? Human. I indulge some very dark thoughts some times, as I bet many of you do too.
Of course, you can’t live your life in a perpetual state of stabbiness. There are other things — sandwiches to be made, shoes that need to be found, jobs attended. And there are better things to have rolling around in your head other than… well… heads.
Unfortunately part of “meh” is eating the shit sandwich of injustice. Meh is not apathy — keep fighting the bastards — meh is about building a better world. For yourself, internally, and around you, in your larger life.
How to go from stabby to meh? For me, by imagination. Not just dark revenge scenarios (I don’t judge), but imagining what justice would look like. (Someone chokes on a Big Mac and then there are free puppies.) I also draw cartoons.
Cross me? You might wind up a cartoon. That RIC therapist in a sweater vest? Satirized forever here.
In fact, my very first published cartoon was “Playgroup Mommies from Hell” (“Bretyenback enjoys a good organ fugue and knows 376 vocabulary words. How many words does your child know?) Competitive mommying drove me over the brink….
Anyway… my point is — we can CREATE BETTER WORLDS THROUGH SNARK! And maybe they’re a template for real justice some day. Or bad novels. Or scribbly cartoons… The painter Alice Neel said:
The minute I sat in front of a canvas, I was happy. Because it was a world, and I could do what I liked in it.
So today’s Fun Friday challenge is to IMAGINE JUSTICE! Here’s your canvas — tell me what your just world looks like. Be as crazy as you wanna be. Like, in Nirvana, do they enforce child support? Can you pelt people with rotten cabbages?
Tell me all about it. And TGIF!