Strawberry Shortcake, Bud Light Lime & a Friday Night

Currently, I’m the biggest lady child you have ever met.  Or haven’t.  Because this is a blog, not Match.com.

Seriously, I have all the elements within 20 feet of me that make me the BIGGEST girl you have ever met.

Put it this way – in the past hour, I’ve made 20 strawberry shortcake cookies from scratch, licked whipped cream from the container, drank a Bud Light Lime on my deck while eating mozzarella, spinach and tomato, listened to Zac Brown Band on YouTube, lit candles that smell like a Care Bear, and I whole heartedly plan on watching True Blood/reading Glamour for the remainder of the evening.

SUCH a girl.  A midst being a girl, I started thinking about my life – because that’s just what girls do.  Aside from having fun.

Lately, I’ve been bumping around my life in a jeep during a safari.  I’m effing everywhere. I’m surprised I haven’t fallen out of my doorless jeep and fed myself to the lions.  Sorry for comparing my life to an Animal Planet special you skid through on the way to MTV’s Real World, but whatever.  My life has been crazy and quite frankly – so is this paragraph.

I read a quote recently that someone wished they could bottle up memories in a mason jar and whenever they want to feel them, they could just open up that jar and take a big sniffero and feel those feelings all over again.  For a moment, I felt longingly for that mason jar.  Then, I realized we can do that people!

And here’s how.

Through music.  Sorry for sounding like a hippie head, but it’s totally true.  Sometimes, if I’m going through something in my life I listen to the same music constantly.  When whatever sh*t is going on blows over, I nonchalantly stop listening to that particular music.

Then, for whatever reason (usually in the act of being a normal human being in 2011 and having iTunes shuffle) I come back to that song.  That song is my mason jar full of memories.  I hear it and I feel everything I felt the last moment I heard it.  Depending on my personal safari of life, sometimes I’m overwhelmed.  Most of the time, there is no other way I can go back to those feelings but through the song.  And if I listen to the song over and over again under different circumstances, the memory fades away.  I keep the mason jar open and whatever smells and feelings were left….they slowly leave.

Sometimes, I know ahead of time when a song is going to make me remember a situation and I don’t like it.  If there is a negative experience in my life and a song relates to it – I’ll saturate it by listening to it over and over again.  I don’t want to feel those feelings anymore.  And I can make them go away.

But I don’t think we should keep those mason jars open for too long.  There is nothing wrong with dipping back into the past every once in a while – even though it could risk making us feel depressed.  While looking too deep into the future can make us feel anxious.  While I understand we can’t drive with our rearview mirror without getting in a crash – we CAN’T drive without it.  Sometimes, we need to look back to see what we’re getting into to go forward unscathed.

I learned that in Driver’s Ed.

OK – it’s time for me to finish the remains of my Bud Light Lime and eat another shortcake cookie.  I don’t want to gloat, but I will.  Because I’m an effing great cook.

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Categories: Life & Happiness

Author:bechaffee

University of Saint Thomas graduate. Minnesota-bred and happy to talk about the weather any time you’d like! Strongly believes any situation can be bettered by a slice of generously buttered toast or Phil Dunphy. Would get arrested to touch Justin Timberlake’s face. Always trying to be a better person by not wishing horrible karma on people driving slow in the fast lane. Hear more: @twitter @instagram

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