Whats with all that Luggage Lady!? Let it go...

>> Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Last week I told you a story about my friend Emily and how we laughed about the horrible day she had getting to the Doctors office. Emily was running late because she stopped and got herself a much needed and much deserved Starbucks coffee, of which she didn’t even get to enjoy because she was rushing and stressed. She was so overloaded and overwhelmed she lost out on that little bit of Joy. Laughing about our stress is a great way to lift some of the weight of our baggage. I do it all the time, make fun of myself, even blogging about my blunders and burdens in life is a wonderful way to get them off my back. BUT do I let them go? No, duh I’m a woman, don’t we all have tons of worry, are we not brainwashed from a young age that worry, stress, baggage and all of it is just part of life.

I remember being about 8 when a neighbor girl and I went into her shed and peed into a canning jar. Since I was always a pushover, I peed into the jar first, not an easy thing to do mind you. We held the urine filled jar up to the light and saw that floating around in my pee was dirt, gunk and a dead spider. After I dumped out my sample, my neighbor friend peed into the same jar but the light revealed no gunk or dirt in her pee. My friend, who had not ever attended any kind of medical school, told me according to the test results, I was dirty inside and she was clean. Well of course 30 years later I know that I had just peed into a dirty jar, but I was convinced I was sick and going to die. I worried about it for weeks and thought for sure I was an unclean person (and I secretly hated that neighbor girl for being clean and gunk free.)

How do we stop this worry and fretting about things we have no control over? How do we let go and find more joy in life? How do we get a clean jar to pee in? Wait for it…..it’s coming…..hold on…..ready….

How the hell should I know?? I have no idea; if I did I’d be skinny and happy, not fat, sassy and blogging about it. I mean if you really want to hang on to that baggage, I say own it baby. Hold on tight to that stress and worry, who am I to tell you to let it go?  I have crap and I’m proud, shout it out sister! Bet I have more crap then you, I once peed a spider!    Heck maybe you enjoy being a victim to your burdens, do you? Naw, no one gets off on being overwhelmed and overloaded (is that redundant?).

I know one thing for sure, Emily is no longer stressed, all of Emily’s burdens have been lifted and she is no longer looking for a little peace because she has complete peace. Emily is dead. Is that what it is going to take for us to drop some of this crap that weighs us down, death? How’s that saying go?…I can rest when I’m dead. 

It’s a beautiful day, think I’ll take a slow stroll up to the store and enjoy me a Starbucks, the dust, dishes, and drama aren’t going anywhere, ya want to come?


Marlene October 6, 2010 at 5:47 PM  

I'll come! ;)

Sorry...but had to giggle at the whole peeing in the jar story! Sounds like something I'd totally fall for as a kid, too! I was so naive!

grownupforeal October 6, 2010 at 5:54 PM  

In the words of the wise o Erykah Badu, "Bag Lady, you gon miss your bus. You can't hurry up cause you got too much stuff."

I am a recovering worry-er and as I've gotten older, I've learned to say "Oh well". Life's too short to try to control what's really out of our control.

April October 7, 2010 at 11:11 AM  

Um YES, let's get some Starbucks! This made me giggle. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following!

Bossy Betty October 8, 2010 at 11:00 AM  

Ah, some smiles and some sadness too as I read this and saw your friend's picture on your blog. You have given me a lot to think about today.

Off to have lunch with a friend.

Mel ~ October 9, 2010 at 12:29 AM  

NOT the ending I expected. I'm so sorry for your loss love and for the poor sweet little ones Emily has left behind. Can we cancel all our appointments and treasure each moment?!

Leanne October 10, 2010 at 7:59 PM  

Girl... I'm giving up the worry and fretting, and looking for the joy ... in honor of Emily and YOU. And I'll meet you at Starbucks any day. (She would be proud of you, you know?)

Laura October 12, 2010 at 1:58 PM  

Wow... this post made me a little sad, but made me THINK. I remember someone once told me, "Well, I cannot control what people do or say, all I can control is how I react to it." So, that is what I try to remember. And here's to remembering your friend, Emily...

Anonymous,  October 12, 2010 at 2:22 PM  

Love you <3

Rose October 13, 2010 at 2:21 PM  

so much humour but if we worry about everything, where might we travel. thinking of you and your Emily. rose

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