So the other day Karma and I were talking about what we should do with our lives, and what our plan should be for this year, and that was when Karma said, “This is the year of I Don’t Care.”
I like the idea of I Don’t Care, because it leaves many options open for us, where we should work, live, and play. Karma’s year of I Don’t Care made me think that we may be in a Mid Life Crisis, but not the kind where you go out and buy fancy cars and such, but one where you must make new decisions about where to live, what work you want to do, and how you are going to spend your next 20 or so years.
Here’s what we know:
- We want to simplify our life.
- We want to find a place to live where we can spend more time outside.
- We want to live in a place where you can go outside without freezing or burning; someplace where we can walk or ride our bike to many of the places we need go.
- We want to live in a place where people are open and friendly and chill.
So the search begins. We have spent some time in Seattle, which is a beautiful city, and there are places in that city we could call home. Of course, the biggest plus for Seattle is that Dana and Greg live there :). We have also tried to spend more time in downtown St. Louis, exploring all that St. Louis has to offer, and we have discovered that it does have a lot to offer. If we decide to stay in St. Louis we will defiantly relocate closer to the city to a loft to try out urban living for awhile.
Going back to California has always been a possibility for us, which is why we headed out west last weekend. One of the many reasons why Karma and I get along so well is that we both like to do “what’s fun” instead of what we should be doing (working, cleaning our house, getting ready for the big wedding, mowing our lawn, etc.). So the other day when Karma said we should go to Venice Beach for my birthday, to see if we still love the place, I did not do the rational thing and say, “That’s a great idea, but we have a wedding to pay for, you have a new semester to get ready for, and we need to spruce up our house before everyone descends on us for the wedding”, that would have been the rational thing to say, but instead I pulled out my computer, found a flight, booked a hotel room, and two days later we were on a beach watching the waves wash in. We spent the weekend in Venice looking around to see if California is still the place for us, we think it is, but we are still not sure. Are we worried? No, because it is the Year of I Don’t Care.
Did you hear about the Jet Blue Flight Attendant who quit his job? Now he took the Year of I Don’t Care to an extreme. One of the passengers was acting inappropriately on the plane, and saying things that no one should say to another person, when the flight attendant said something to the effect that ‘I have been doing this for 28 years and I am done’. He then took two beers from the liquor kit, opened the front door (the plane was on the ground heading to the gate), deployed the emergency slide, slid down and out and went home.
This flight attendant has become a hero for some and Jimmy Fallon wrote a song for him on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – the song was appropriately called – “Take Two Beers and Jump” – which is going to be my motto for the year. When things are not going as they should, I am going to just take two beers and jump.
Have any of you ever had a “take two beers and jump” situation or a mid life crisis of sorts? Did you ignore it or do something about it?
This is my first installment of what I think of as our Mini Mid Life Crisis. I am not sure how many posts about this will follow, and I hope you enjoy the “process”, if not “take two beers and jump”.