Take a Leap

A good way to tap into your creativity is to throw yourself into something you’ve never done before, just for the hell of it. Make your own wrapping paper. Draw a self-portrait. Buy an unfamiliar vegetable, then go home and prepare it.

Experimenting with a new activity (quickly, without dithering beforehand) is useful because it builds confidence. It shifts our mindset for thinking you need to acquire a skill to knowing you have a way to activate one – or several

You might even realize you’re better at the new activity than you thought you’d be. But if not, and your first go is a disaster, you’ll know what to try next time, and that’s information you would not have had if you didn’t try.

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Real Life Rants

RANT to Christmas cards. I just don’t understand why some folks only have pictures of their grandchildren on their Christmas cards. It would be great to see the whole family.

RANT to the person on the radio this morning complaining how inflation has destroyed her food budget. “Eggs used to be $2.49 a dozen, now they are over $4. Ground beef has gone up from $2.99 a pound to $4.99.” Shop around, lady. I bought ground beef last week for $1.99 a pound and eggs this morning for $1.49 a dozen. Shop sales, clip coupons and stop complaining about Hot Pockets going up to $13.99 for two dozen. Try feeding your kids something healthier (and cheaper) instead.

RANT to whomever comes into my yard at night whenever a tomato is ripe and steals it. You got my first and all subsequent ones. I hope you are proud of yourself for lacking any human decency whatsoever.

RANT to all the people behind me in the grocery store checkout line who didn’t offer to pay for my groceries when I announced that I forgot my wallet.

RANT to the group of photographers at the Seattle Japanese Garden recently. Stop taking up every inch of the koi bridge with your bodies and your gear! Other people would like to use the pathways too. Stop shooing people out of “your shot” from 100 yards away. Get a grip, this is a public garden, and your use of it is neither more important nor more worthy than the guy taking a time-lapse of the scene with his phone. Your entitlement and disregard for others was gross.

RANT to my fellow seniors who would rather gripe about tech than learn it. All four of my grandparents were born in the 1890s and saw the world go from horse and buggy to a man on the moon in their lifetimes. They all learned to drive cars, use phones and keep up with all kinds of new stuff because that is how progress works. Adapt or be left behind, folks.

RANT AND RAVE Rant to the horrible people who stole my wallet at an Everett grocery store. What kind of people do that? Rave to the employee who gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers and all the wonderful employees at the credit card company who were so wonderful!

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Gumballs

Where are all the gumball machines?

What’s taken their place?

Why isn’t anyone talking about this?

How can we stand to live in a world without gumball machines?

What are we supposed to chew—regular gum?

Who’s to blame for this?

Who’s really to blame for this?

Is it Big Gumball?

Did they get too greedy?

Were they not greedy enough?

How much would a gumball cost with inflation?

Can a person feed their family with pocket change?

Whatever happened to coins?

Do they still make state quarters?

Alex Watt

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Harness Energy

Studies have found that exercise may help cancer patients live longer, but during chemotherapy, the mechanics of running escaped me. So, I gave myself a pep talk. “Are you hunched over? Straighten your torso. Hold your head up. Harness energy from the thoughts that terrorize you. Raise those knees, take it out on the ground. Don’t keep your arms useless by your sides, work them. Relax your shoulders. Lead with your chest to improve lung capacity. Breathe. Do not forget to breathe.” Now cancer-free and mother to an exuberant boy, I gain strength from the pep talk even when I’m not running. — Onege Mbogandem Maroadi

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Being Brave

“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” —Mary Tyler Moore

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