Sunday, December 12, 2010

Be Careful What You Wish For

You know the old adage be careful what you wish for because it just might come true, and the fact of the matter is it's very, very true.

Some people may wish for a new car, the retun of a loved one (see: The Monkey's Paw) or even something much less obvious, occasionally obscure. I for one wish that my 'C' button would stop sticking and making it difficult to type quickly.

The problem is that when you wish for something, and you aren't totally dead-on specific, well, wishes can go badly very easily. You may wish for a windfall in money...but it could come from the death of someone who means alot to you. You could wish for a car...and be killed by it. A love...they're a crazy person. Just you name it, any wish has the potential to go horribly, horribly wrong. Try asking Genie or the Blue Caterpillar for a wish and not having them twist it a little just to mess with you.

There's a bunch of movies about it, not to mention a fab Supernatural episode involving a life-sized emo teddy bear and a wishing well.

So, the question is what would you wish for? If you could have anything, what would you wish for?

And what would you do if it went wrong?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Lover's Irony

Irony is perhaps one of the biggest concepts that float around out in the world whether they hit us head on or slip past us quietly. Murphy's Law and the like are only the more common examples, but one that I find is more damaging and perhaps more infuriating is the irony that comes from love.

Isn't it funny the way that romance works? Some people may search for years and never find it, but others will fall from one love straight to another overnight. Some people may walk around wishing for at least one love or lover when others will have a posse of suitors behind them. Some may find the perfect partner who loves them just as much and others may waste their love and their happiness on people who don't deserve them or who will never return the feeling.

Quite frankly, it sucks. It's not fair, it's not ok, and it's probably pushes the odd person to suicide after a while.

This is perhaps one of the reasons I will never believe in the One God, because if he is up there watching this as his 'will' just happening to person after person then, well, you are one sadistic jerk. And thats just when talking about irony, not natural disasters, disease, family dramas or any of the other things that are wrong with the world and destroy people.

Believing in 'the gods' as I do, and nodisrespect to those who believe something different, I find it easier to except the world the way it is. Frankly, when you study the different pantheons you learn to understand that the gods aren't perfect, they like to mess with people and shake things up because that's just what they do. Look at Loki from the Norse patheon - a trickster who likes to make things extremely difficult for the other gods, getting progressively more evil as time goes on. Look at Zeus from Greece - the embodiment of loose sex, adultery, whoring and in some cases even rape.


You're probably thinking now 'then why do i believe in them?'. The answer is in turn very simple: because the gods are as vast, imperfect, specialised and messy as people are. They are easier to relate to and understand, and there's someone for everyone, plus they don't expect you to be perfect and ever-confessing or cleansing. In short, they are just like a quirky extended family.

So, back to the Lover's Irony. I suffer from it, I admit, because I have no suitors, never reciprocated feelings, and I have spent my whole life wondering not only if I'll ever find it but why I even care. There's no answer of course, except that the gods upstairs have other plans for me or that they're just enjoying being bastards, but it still seems unfair. I can think of a number of my friends who will never understand how it feels but that's just the way irony works.

Just so everyone out there knows if you don't suffer on the crap end of Lover's Irony, count your damn blessings and stop complaining. If you have one or more suitors interested just enjoy it; if you have someone love you in return, say a prayer of thanks to your faith; if you're lucky enough to fall in love for real at least once, or even over and over again, then let them flow and learn from them, because even when times seem bad you're still one up on the scale.

The greatest thing you will ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.

So, everyone who's on the better end of Lover's Irony - don't give me your advice, don't splurge your difficulty and sure as hell don't whine or carry on because I don't want to hear it. Life's too short, shut up and enjoy it.