As I was g-chatting with my favorite Canuck last evening, we began to discuss our respective options for New Years Eve. Neither of us was enthused about the options before us. Considering options A through D it took a moment for me to realize that Option E – None Of The Above is always on the ballot even if not explicitly.
Considerably later in the evening/very early this morning, my insomnia hindered mind began to consider the metaphorical implications of voting for None of the Above. Besides the obvious reference to the movie that inspired the title of this post, I started to view it as a philosophy for daily life. For too long, I have consider mainly the opportunities afforded me or those I created as the only candidates on my mental, physical, emotional, intellectual ballots.
How would my life take shape if I checked the metaphysical None of the Above box?
How many dates would I have skipped? How many parties might I have ignored? Are there jobs I never would have worked, conversations I never would have had, mediocre blog posts never published? Not that I would take anything back – regret is a wasted emotion – because I largely am a fan of the man that my experiences have shaped, but as simple as it seems, it was too rare that I considered not doing things.
I am going to a couple of parties this evening convinced of the likelihood of having a good time if not a toe curling midnight kiss, but I feel better in the knowledge that I considered checking the box unseen and have a head start towards achieving at least one tacit resolution for the year.
To all of those who spend some of your time reading my ramblings, missives, advice, and stories, I am humbled by and unspeakable grateful for your time, comments, and friendships (real, virtual, unspoken, or otherwise.) I wish you all a New Years Eve filled with good cheer, good company, better booze, and an even better 365 days until we all do it again.
I would be remiss if I didn’t send extra thank you’s to:
Lemmonex – somehow you became my blog rabbi, most frequent counselor and occasional drinking partner in the infancy of this place. Thank you for your counsel and friendship.
Shannon – you were for a while the funniest woman I had never met; now that I am lucky enough to count you as a friend you make me laugh harder, and smile wider.
Katertot – I never would have thought that a silly contest idea would have yielded a relationship I value so much in such a short time but I do and I am grateful for it.
LiLu – whether it is over the interwebs, from adjacent bar stools, or g-chat, you have become so dear to me despite the cringes you induce on Thursdays.
Fearless – it’s not just that you keep my virtual company in our mutually insomniac moments, but that you make virtual feel so real.
Lisa – there has been no place on the interwebs that was the source for greater singular optimism for me than yours. You have made me snarf coffee/wine on more than a few occasions when I have really needed it.
The Blogger I will not Name but Must Mention– our conversations made me want to be a better writer and I will never take our letters lightly.
The Blogger I Would Love to Name But I Have a Feeling Wouldn’t Want the Attention – you deserve the urgency you seek (just a reminder) and thanks for speaking softly, being the grand dame you are, and not spreading it around that I am a cheap date.
As it is Wednesday, I took my turn as contributing editor at DC Blogs. Go on – check out that which moved me more than most this past week.