I have never referred back to another person’s blog before, but there’s a first time for everything I guess, like skydiving or licking a pensioner.
I subscribe to a great blog (which I highly recommend) and today she was talking about the stresses of packing a suitcase. I must admit I’ve never had too much of an issue, but then again I spent a lot of my youth playing Tetris.
Plus, once you’ve been made aware of the ‘socks and pants stuffed into your shoes’ trick it’s safe to say the feeling of smugness overrides the feeling of despair at not being able to fit in yet another t-shirt which you’ll inevitably bring back unworn and full of creases.
The one part of her post that really resonated with me was that moment an item you’ve lost suddenly (and maliciously) turns up after you’ve asked someone to help you look for it. And I don’t mean you find it quicker, I mean it is sitting there in plain sight where you’ve already looked a dozen times.
This got me thinking about the opposite of that when you’re unable to recreate an awesome moment because you have someone there to witness it.
Case in point…
A few weeks ago I was sat in the break room having a sandwich. It was late in the afternoon which meant no-one else was in there.
As I finished my sandwich I looked over at the bin, which was about 8 feet to my left, and smiled as I picked up the foil my sandwich had been in and screwed it up into a ball. Then, with my right arm, I threw it casually sideways over my head without looking and, not only did it go in, it didn’t even touch the sides!
I performed an airgrab, accompanied it with something like “Yeah, get in there!” and then went for a high five only to realise no-one was there to witness it.
It could have bounced off a cupboard, ricocheted off the fridge, rolled along a shelf and been scissor-kicked into the bin by a passing mouse and it still wouldn’t have made the blindest difference.
No witness means I could have just made it up.
Yet if there HAD been someone there I wouldn’t have been able to hit the bin if my life depended on it. It may as well be 50 feet wide and house a black hole inside, sucking in the universe, and I still would have missed on an epic scale.
“I got it in last time!”
“Of course you did Dan, sure you did”