Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sometimes, things are hard.

I like lists. A lot. And I don't just mean, "I'm a list person, who utilizes lists as a part of my daily-productive-routine." I try to be that kind of person, but really, I love the list as a literary form. I think that a well-written list can be as entertaining, enlightening and fun to read as a poem or an essay (more on those forms later, to be sure). As such, this blog will probably (no promises) be populated with its fair share of list entries. This is its inaugural list, and it requires an introduction.

There are some things in life that are supposed to be difficult. Sometimes, the challenges we encounter are supposed to be dig-your-heels-in, eat-and-sleep-when-possible, work-your-ass-off-for-some-major-payoff ordeals. I've always been taught that God or Life or The Universe or Whoever is In Charge Around Here (we should really try to nail that down...) sends us these trials so that we may accomplish great things for the betterment of the world around us and to teach ourselves that hard work has its rewards. Passing revolutionary human rights legislation. Democratic elections. Finding "love." Balancing budgets. Making a really great dessert. These things are difficult because what you get at the end is worth working for. Some things, however, just don't seem like they're worth all the fuss. Here, then - observed from my own life and the lives of my friends - is my list of things that are way more difficult than they should be:
  • Going to the grocery store in the winter
  • Parking on college campuses
  • Eyeliner
  • Taking care of an itch on the bottom of your foot
  • Choosing which film to rent
  • Talking to a Real Live Human Being during a customer service call
  • Finding a pair of jeans worth buying
  • Getting hired for a job that you'd be really, really good at
  • Singing the full range of our national anthem
  • Literature reviews
  • Making the bed
  • Laundry
  • Deciding what "to do" with friends
  • Watching season 2 of Dexter
  • Painting your own fingernails
It's not an exhaustive list, by any means. But, there it is.


Rose said...

I enjoyed this list immensely.

However, I am curious why you included "watching season 2 of Dexter." I hope it's just because you haven't found time to watch it, and not that you find the material itself to be burdensome. If anything, I should tell you that season 3 is the best so far and you should do whatever it takes to get to season 3. :)

Marj said...

I included season 2 of Dexter because of how frustrating I found the story to be. It was well written with fascinating characters and a troublesome murkiness that made watching it very difficult. In short, I don't like Lila (sp?). She's a terrible, terrible person. The show itself is brilliant, and because of how well made it is, watching it - while immensely enjoyable - was also way harder than it should be.

Haven't seen season 3, yet. I'm sure I will as soon as it comes out on DVD.