I just read Sarah’s last post. A couple of comments, one more long-winded than the other.
First of all, “the people of Walmart“? You gotta be kidding me? What a freak show of a place that chain is. Honestly.
The second point connects with the commentary around the post-holiday consumer hangover. It is perhaps germane that yesterday was Blue Monday, supposedly the “saddest” day of the year. Not sure exactly what went into the calculation that spits out the annual January date of this auspicious day, but it looks something like this…
(W + D – d)TQ/MNa
It’s unclear what all these variables mean, but probably a combination of things. Like quantities of antidepressant prescriptions filled (D = Drugs), suicide rates (d = dead), and anticipated hours of rain (W = Wet). I think the Na means “not applicable” – they put that in to make it look more complicated than it is.
Very scientific, I know.
My point here is that it is quite telling, and more than a little concerning, that a day like this exists at all. As much as we might dismiss the validity of this concept and the academics who pinned their careers on it (get a job already), we cannot ignore the fuel that created this. Sarah’s comments reflect what we all feel in our society at this time of year; that gross consumerism of the holidays that sits on us like an anvil. It’s much like waking up with post-binge amnesia, wondering with dread what havoc you’d wreaked the night before, but knowing with a certainty that there will be hell to pay later.
Not a nice feeling, to be sure.
I hope that this year will be a turning point for us as a family. That we will instill in ourselves as individuals and as a family a level of discipline that’s needed. So that on the next Blue Monday +1, we will reflect with a true sense of accomplishment and a clear conscience. And I won’t find myself walking the Lions Gate bridge in the rain, looking for that perfect launching point.
Just kidding. Kind of.