“I’m majorly craving sushi today. I’m famished!”
Rational Brain – “See if anyone wants Sushi House after work.”
“Yes! Sushi House! All you can eat you cannot beat!”
Rational Brain – “You can even offer to pay for everyone. You had a really good month and should spread the joy.”
I pick up my phone and ready myself to text.
Rational Brain – “But since you have the means to pay for someone else’s dinner, why don’t you just buy yourself two dinners and get take-out? That way you can play your video game.”
And that’s how I ordered and ate two chirashi sushi dinners. Two soups & two salads also. Why did I order two of the same meal you ask? My email, chirashigirl at yahoo, is no accident.
I started wondering if maybe I might have a problem. Not an eating problem, I still manage to stay trim somehow. But a different kind of problem.
The best way to figure out if you have a problem is to see yourself from an outsiders perspective. The outsiders perspective I chose was that of a parent – a mother. “How would I feel if I had a daughter just like me?”
I went on an imaginary online forum for mothers complaining about their kids and wrote this:
Mom – “My daughter, Melanie, might have a problem. She’s 35 years old, still lives with us, and she spends most of her time playing video games. She has free time now that her business is doing so well, and she can spend days at a time in her pajama’s never leaving the house. I’m worried about her isolation.”
Commenter – “Does she have any goals or hobbies?”
Mom – “She has too many goals if you ask me. But once she sets her mind on something, she always follows through. Right now she’s working on building up her client base so she can go cross-country on a motorcycle, take me and her father to Italy, and eventually buy a house.”
Commenter – “Does she seem like she’s happy playing video games and being in her pajama’s all day?”
Mom – “I’ve never seen her this happy. That’s why I’m worried. Is it normal? She has no interest in getting married, having kids or even dating.”
Commenter – “Does she have friends?”
Mom – “I think so. She wanted to go out to eat the other day with a friend but she got take-out instead. Her reasoning was that she can get two dinners for herself instead of offering to pay for her friends meal. And she gets to stay home in her pajama’s and play video games.”
Commenter – “So you’re telling me that your daughter is completely happy and content, has viable goals that she’s achieving, likes to travel, is self-sufficient, get’s to do NOTHING all day if she wants, and you’re worried why?”
Mom – “Um, okay never mind then.”
My only problem is that I’m selfish. I wanted to address this issue by volunteering at a shelter or food place. So I went on the website, Meals on Wheels, and discovered that one of the requirements to volunteer is that you have to be 55 or older.
I gave up and closed the lid of my laptop.
After writing my last post about casting the Patronus spell to get rid of dementors, I broke through into a bi-polar high.
If you can’t tell, I’m a little high on myself right now. It’s subtle, but I assure you, it’s there.
It’s all about asking the right questions and to avoid at all costs, seeing no hope in any situation.
Whatever solution you may find yourself with will need one of two things: Courage or faith.
If you have faith in a plan that can’t lose, you don’t need courage. But if your faith is faulty, that’s when you’ll need courage.
And if you need courage, that often foretells that you’ll just have to plan more. But this is where our evolutionary process occurs – by taking action using courage alone. This is where we find choice – you find your power.
Rational Brain – “Why in the hell did you start writing a post like this at 1:30 in the morning? You knew it was going to be a transfixed philosophical ramble that gives you insomnia!”
I had no idea I swear! I was just going to write about my chirashi dinner episode because I thought it was funny. Look, I even named this post after it!
Rational Brain – “Yeah right. Anyway, take me through your thought process on this. How does courage give you choice?”
You’ll have to use your emotional side of the brain for this because words can’t grasp what I’m about to say. You’ll have to take a minute to feel it.
Rational Brain – “Ooooh-kay….how can I feel what you’re saying?”
Have you ever been so angry that you snapped? A choice was made to hurt the person offending you. You snapped and wanted that other person to feel the pain they caused you. Have you ever felt that?
Rational Brain – “You know I have. At least 3 or 4 times in my life.”
It’s like that, only non-violent. When you make a choice that your heart is fused with, it’s undeniable action – you have to do something to avoid yourself further pain. You start seeing your choice. It’s like lifting the veil. You feel your power, your own potential. You take action without a plan because courage was thrust upon you.
Another way to help you emotionally connect with my words is that old saying “there is no try, only do.” That saying always struck home for me personally.
Choice, in essence, IS action. Taking action is the same as making a choice. They are the same thing. They happen simultaneously. You can’t ask me to explain it, it’s one of those old truths that feels ruthlessly correct without explanation or rationalization. It’s the same kind of truth ayahuasca taught me.
But this is where things get weird…..
Once the action has started, once it has moved, things start happening without your influence. I’ve seen it happen time and time again.
My latest choice was to move out of my parents house as soon as humanly possible. I was going to wait until I paid off my debt and saved a little for a down payment on a house, but I HAD to get out. I was at the breaking point I mentioned earlier.
It’s all to do with my crazy aunt and OCD cousin who live with us.
There was a tremendous blow-out at my house a few days ago because my cousin was running the water…..again. Our bathroom sink downstairs (where my boisterous temperamental brother and his girlfriend reside) clogged and as OCD cousin ran the water in the upstairs bathroom, it rose quickly up the drain and splashed onto the floor in our bathroom below him.
My brother was telling OCD cousin to stop running the water, but he wouldn’t stop. If you knew my brother, this situation got ugly fast. That’s to say the absolute least. My bro was at his limit.
Basically without getting into too much detail, my aunt screamed that she was calling the cops – several times she screamed it but never called for fear it would be her son taken away.
OCD cousin…..OMG….OCD cousin, I’ve never heard a grown man squeal like that – literally squeal in a such an ear piercing manner like a child. It sounded – no joke – like he had murderous rage. I’ve never heard murderous rage from anybody before, but that was it. Definitely it.
The only time I came out of my bedroom was to assess the damage done to our bathroom and help my dad and my brothers girlfriend clean it up. I came out one other time to calm down my brothers girlfriend who was getting an onslaught of insults thrown at her from my crazy aunt.
Me – “Don’t respond to her. You can’t reason with crazy and it’ll only make you crazy for trying.”
She was shaking with anger.
Me and my brother, and possibly my dad, know that OCD cousin is capable of evil things. I say this as honestly as I can – the dude would kill us. All of us. Most likely in our sleep.
And we actually KNOW this! For real for real!
My brother – “You better lock your door tonight.”
My brother and his girlfriend braved the snow storm and moved out that night. That’s when I realized I needed to get out of dodge too. My heart was set and I started looking at apartments.
Anyway, long story long, my crazy aunt and OCD cousin left here and my brother is back living with us again.
Crazy aunt and OCD cousin are staying with my Aunt Rosemary for the time being. I don’t know how that happened, only that they are gone.
I’ve never been happier. I mean, I’m falling off my rocker with joy! Not only by them leaving, but my business had a REALLY good month. I have four days left of February so I’ll write a post March 1st on how it did.
You must think I’m horrible for turning family away, so I’ll tell you two of my cousins latest freak-outs: He made my 70 year old mother leave the house at night in the bitter cold to buy him lemonade, and he shit his pants and got his shitty pants all over the bathroom floor. He didn’t even clean it up.
And that’s just TWO of his latest antics, before causing a landslide in our bathroom downstairs and squealing murderous rage at my brother. Not to mention he can fill a swimming pool in one weekend with how much water he wastes.
Anyway, I stopped writing about them because I couldn’t find a solution to my problem (being them). I don’t complain when there’s no solution. And the reason why NONE of us should complain when there is no solution is because it’s your own damn fault. It was my fault for living here. But alas, the energy has moved, a choice made, and things started happening in my favor without my influence – without doing anything really, just deciding.
Them leaving is a better option than me having to move out. I pay $1,000 a month towards my debt, it would never get paid if I moved out now.
Ayahuasca told me that there is always a choice.
Me – “How do I get to choose?”
Ayahuasca – “With faith.”
Me – “How do I get faith?”
Ayahuasca – “With courage.”
Me – “But how do I find the courage?”
Ayahuasca – “Through suffering.”
I’m sensitive to the extreme, I can be weak, easily hurt. I don’t know how or why, but it’s my fragile nature and my weakness that makes me strong. It’s like, I have something to live for, you know? It’s hard to explain. If I didn’t feel what I feel, I wouldn’t do what I do.
I still want to write about how asking questions is tied in with awareness, but it’s too late for that.
Rational Brain – “Another night perhaps.”
Yes, another night.
I still need to write about Thailand…