Another year down the drain. Jeez, that was fast. They say, “time flies when you’re having fun.” I say, time only stands still when you’re on line at Bed Bath & Beyond or the United States Post Office. If you fear life is passing by at lightning speed, just take a trip to either of those spots. Time won’t just slow down, it’ll come to a downright halt.
For me, it’s been a nutty twelve months. There’s been a lot of good and definitely some bad. For you too, right? But that’s life though; It’s a mixed bag of ups, downs and everything in between. If anyone says otherwise, they’re liars!
Instead of harping on the lows I’m trying to take it all in stride; Trying to lighten up; Not take things so seriously. Trying to remember that nothing worth it comes easily. I hope you are doing the same.
There’s no point in rehashing the lows. I mean, I could if you want me to. If it will make you feel better I could say something like, “2014 sucked balls. We lost a few more loved ones. My computer crashed not once, but three times. I got into some rip-roaring arguments with a friend or two. I lost count of how many people I know who got separated and then divorced. Marriage is the strangest, weirdest, craziest, most fucked up roller coaster everrrrrrr. Tack on raising kids to that roller coaster and you’ll know why the pharmacist and the manager at Crown Wine & Spirits is on my speed dial. Our hot water heater broke. Our air conditioner died. The garage door has a mind of its own. My Dad’s back hurts again. My Mom has become a professional klutz, tripping over nothing and breaking bones here and there. The laundry never gets done. Never. There’s always toothpaste in the sink. Nobody listens. Everybody wants something all the time. My husband is still looking for that perfect job that will not only fulfill him but will also get the bills paid. Blah, blah. Blah, blah, blah.”
OMG. Cry me a river, right?
Listen up folks… If I’ve learned one thing this year it would be that life is UNPOLISHED. It’s messy. It is what it is. We must embrace the unpolishedness of our lives and just go with it. Laugh at it. Roll your eyes at it. Bitch to a friend about it. There are soooooooo many worse things that could be happening. That said, we have no choice but to learn to grin and bear it.
At the end of the day, if the towels aren’t folded or your kids used the last of the toilet paper and didn’t replace the roll or if your spouse ran the dishwasher again because he “thought it was dirty” when you’re certain he knew damn well it was clean but was just too lazy to unload it or if your housekeeper never, ever remembers to rinse out the coffee grinds from the filter thing or if you’ve waited the entire day for the cable guy to show up or if you’ve played phone tag seventeen times with a friend you’ve been trying to catch up with or if you’ve planned a barbecue only to realize when you turned on the grill you’re completely out of propane to fuel the fire or if it rains on your parade………………………………….
Take a breath. Take another breath. Maybe take one more.
It doesn’t matter. It’s all nonsense. It’s just a bunch of unpolished shit that life throws us!
It’s inevitable that we’re all gonna fuck up from time to time. Some of us may fuck up more than others, but again, SO WHAT? WHO CARES?
The high of our lows should be understanding that life is one huge curveball. It’s unavoidable.
The high of our lows should be handling the ebbs as best we can.
The high of our lows should be that we’re HERE. We’re healthy. Thank God we’re healthy. We have a roof over our heads. We’re loved. Isn’t that better than the alternative?
So when your lows get you down, pick your unpolished self up and turn it into a high!
Shake it off. Have a drink. Smoke a bowl. Go to yoga. Eat a bagel. Hug your kids. Run around the block. Get lost in mindless television. Surf the Internet. Buy a pair of shoes. Play poker. Read a book. Feed the homeless. Donate to charity. Laugh. Smile. Visit your parents. Call a friend. Kiss your wife. Bang your husband.
The high of our lows should be appreciating all the good we do have and not getting caught up with what we don’t have.
Don’t you dare take life for granted.
Yes, we’re unpolished. SO FUCKING WHAT?
Deal with it. Accept it. Embrace it. Love it.
2014 is now a wash. Put it behind you. Out with the old and in with the new. Let’s make 2015 a year that’s bigger and better and undoubtedly more unpolished than ever!
Let’s make it count. #Onward.
JUST TO LET YOU KNOW…. I’m wishing all of you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. I want you to realize how much I appreciate your unpolished support. I’m looking forward to what’s coming next in 2015 and I’m hopeful that even though some of it may be scary, it will also be full of fresh, new, exciting, and amazingly unpolished things. I’m not afraid to be scared. It’s good to be scared. It keeps me on my toes. You shouldn’t be afraid either. Dream big people. Dream big! I know I will.
18 responses to “THE HIGH OF OUR LOWS”
Well done, I agree with every word, and happy to correct you… My back doesn’t hurt. Love ya . Dad
@ Dad… your back not hurting is the HIGH of the Year! xoxo
well said Rach, love your perspective on life….. happy new year to you and the boys…. let’s make a resolution to actually see each other more this year…. xoxoxoxo Carla
@Carla…. best resolution! you got a deal! oxoxo
This is great. So well written (as usual) but more importantly so true!!!!! I could read this over and over again. I think we get caught up in the negative sometimes that we truly forget how fortunate we are. I feel fortunate to have you and your family in our lives on a daily basis. I’m so proud of how much you have accomplished this year with your blog. I remember when this was just a thought and now its become such an amazing part of you and everyone!!!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! XOXOXOX
@Karen… your unpolished support means a ton…. you’ve been on board from day one and I appreciate it tenfold! xox
what a fucking great blog to end the year!!!! HNY Silver
@RBB…. wow something positive from you! Now that’s a HIGH! Thanks…. HNY to you too, my favorite unpolished blog heckler!
My favorite blog!!! I’m glad I’m not the only one who is “unpolished”
And drops “fuck” as casual language (almost as much as me)! Looking forward
To your 2015 line-up!!!!!! Xoxo!! HNY girl!!!
@Jen… HNY to you too. For the record, I’ve never heard you say FUCK! HAAAA
Well said, 14 is behind us, 15 will be epic!
Happy new year, silver. Isn’t happy New Years” an annoying grammatical mistake? Anyway, here’s to prosperity, good health and lots more banging of husbands. Ps I love your dad, his replies always crack me up
Love this Rachel! Happy New Year.
Couldn’t agree more…Happy New Year!!! Looking forward to more Silver Unpolished in 2015!
Well said! And I love the quote at the end about dreams.
This is so very true. All of us have lived a myriad of experiences in 2014. Some of us have had more bad than good, but when you focus on the negative you only get more negative. The bad times are an undeniable part of life we can either accept or let keep us down. We need more blog posts like this to remind us that not every year will be full of sunshine and lollipops but will worth going through. So yeah, shake it off and keep moving. 2015 can be a better year with just a better attitude. Cheers!
@Tara thanks for your comments…. We all should keep on keepin’ on. Strength in numbers! xo