This year- Day three hundred and fifty. (Trying to be Positive)
One perk of being unemployed during the World Cup (aside from being able to watch all of the games) is being able to bbq and watch the 2:30 game with other unemployed people. It was like having Saturday on a Tuesday!
Above you're seeing a hilarious example of how the American press covers the World Cup. Who knew that tying now meant winning?? We've re-invented winning. You're welcome, other (lesser) nations. This is why we're the best!
I have been reading things about this recession and people losing their homes and raising their kids in the car etc... and it's really putting things in perspective. Sure, I feel like I am a waste of life but apparently that is going around and at least I didn't fall that far (that is a perk of never making it very high up) and didn't bring anyone else down with me (a perk of being alone).
It occurred to me when I was in KC a few weeks ago that I make about 50% of my decisions based on obligation, 40% based on desperation and 10% based on things that I actually want. Of course sometimes there is overlap between categories and then sometimes I have no idea what I want so I just go with one of the other options. It's no wonder I am unhappy so much of the time! I have so many things sapping my happiness and then I am not even helping things.
In couple's counseling the counselor once asked Mike what his priorities were. He listed his career as 1 (hilarious, since here we are six years later and he still doesn't have one) and his family as 2, leaving me with third place. I ranked him/our relationship as 1 and my career and family as 2. The counselor said that this was common and that people don't realize it until it's spoken or written out- people just assume their partner prioritizes in the same way.
He then told me that based on these answers that I was no one's top priority. That really made me think. I thought maybe I should try to drop him down to 2nd place. It never stuck so basically I was left with the fact that I will just have to love someone who makes me top priority in order for me to ever take the 1st place. That is what I think now when I go on dates right after "is he a crazy person?" Man, I must be a treat on dates!
It's disheartening to learn that even as a single person I am not making myself my own priority.