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When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute – and it’s longer than any hour. That’s relativity. ~Albert Einstein


One thing I often forget is that everything is relative.

About 9 months ago, I thought my new upstairs neighbors were horribly disruptive. They walked loud, slammed doors. But, a week ago, new people moved in upstairs. And now I want to truly rip my hair out. Now, I know what horribly disruptive means.

The new neighbors have a dog. Fabulous for them. I love pets. I get it. But, they play inside with said dog, and the dog runs and runs and runs and runs and runs across the floor, back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. Every. Single. Night. I hear the dog barking, the peoples’ howling laughter as the dog runs back and forth, back and forth. I know, he must be doing something sssoooooooo dang cute. But, for the love of God, could they have rented a house with a yard? Or gotten a ground floor apartment?

I certainly wish I could have the loud walking, door slammer back now.

It’s gotten so bad, I’ve contemplated going upstairs to ask them to stop. But, I put myself in their shoes and realize how much they must enjoy playing with their dog. And how much the dog must enjoy the attention after being cooped up in the apartment all day. I could never say anything then and I just suck it up, quietly biding my time until I can kiss renting an apartment good bye.

Everything is relative. Sometimes it helps to put myself in someone else’s shoes to gain some perspective and realize my troubles might not be so bad. Or that it’s an annoyance or frustration that I can put up with after all.

I went to the second financial peace class today. There is a small group discussion at the end of every class. People discuss certain questions relating to the lesson and are able to share personal thoughts, stories. It’s liberating to be able to open up about my feelings toward money and why I am there. And it’s incredibly humbling to hear other peoples’ stories and why they are there, too. It really helps put things in perspective for me while I stress over finances and wondering what the future will hold. I know I am positioned in a lot better place than many of the people in the class that are older single women, nearing retirement, and just now realizing the need to do something about it. From their perspective, I’m sure my situation doesn’t look so bad.

So, it’s helping to ease some of my stress and fear and anxieties about turning 30. Keeping things in perspective and remembering it’s all relative.

It never hurts to put myself in others’ shoes, or paws, sometimes.

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