The other day someone wished me a Happy Valentine’s Day and it made think about how warped this manufactured holiday has become. I’m sure by now you’re seeing an increase in marketing efforts to sell red roses, chocolates, hearts, and other related red things to promote coupled love. Selling a fantasy that clogs up restaurants with over inflated prices and other retailers trying to cash in on the 14th of February.
Ever see a water stain on a ceiling and think, “nah, that’s nothing.” Then as time goes on it slowly starts to grow leaving behind various colored stains. Then suddenly water starts leaking through a small hole you never noticed before and now you have to call someone to fix it because you don’t want your ceiling to start falling apart damaging the rest of your house. One visible leak means there could be others hidden you aren’t even aware of at the time.
Trust works the same way, regardless of the relationship.
On my drive in to work this morning, like every morning, there are numerous people always trying to cut someone off in traffic simply to get ahead. It drives me nuts to be honest. I can’t stand the fact that I’m doing the speed limit, which means I’m giving the car in front of me and behind me enough reaction time and here comes some jerk cutting in causing me to have to tap my brakes. I’m trying to go at my own pace safely and the other person can’t be bothered to wait their turn.
Ah, welcome to the world where everything can be completed by the touch or voice command of an app. We’re only 33 years(ish) from Orsen Wells’ prediction of flying cars and a society under the lock and key of a Big Brother figure. Pretty cool, no?
I was going back and forth on writing this mainly because I’m not a fan of generalizations and frankly, I don’t like writing a gave up style piece. I believe in optimism. The glass being half full, and that there is so much greatness to life that we all experience on a daily basis. Some miss out on that greatness because they gave up on seeing it. I did not choose to take a break from online dating – I unplugged from it completely – for good.