You Are So Much More Mature Than Me.

Some guy boy from my past said that to me this summer.

Yes. You are right. I am. And it shows.

The most meaningful conversation I have ever had was during college. A friend blatantly pointed out to me that I had been acting like a complete bitch and alienating many of my relationships. Truthfully, my attitude was a result of an extremely difficult time in my life and I was completely unaware that it was manifesting in me the way it was. Just a simple “Jenn, you have been acting like such a bitch” brought me to a place of self-awareness that forced me to seek professional help and redirect my path. I couldn’t be more grateful.

Consider this post as me doing the same for you, Some Boy From My Past. Except, we were never friends.

You are just a charity case. Pro bono, of course.

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Learn to Love Donuts.

Dear Every Person:

Why write words of your own when someone else has captured the very essence of the point you would like to make?

Man, I was thinking about unrequited love. I figure it’s best to just walk that shit off. Find someone else to be excited about. It’s like if you love ice cream but your ice cream man friend won’t give you any. Maybe he’s got a good reason. It cuts into profits. Who knows? But he likes you as a friend and wants to hang out anyway. It just drives you crazy to hang out with that dude, even if he’s being reasonable from his point of view. So don’t hang out with him. What, you ONLY like ice cream? It’s ice cream or nothing? Don’t be an asshole. Learn to love donuts.

– Joey Comeau

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I just have a few things to say…

Dear Every Person:

This has been quite the summer.

Not like the summer of 1995 which I fondly refer to as the 90210 Summer Before Our Senior Year….but quite the summer nonetheless. For one, I think I finally grew up (a little).

I’ve come to terms with a lot of relationships this summer – some have warmed my heart and many have broken it. I’ve seen flaws in how I handle my relationships and am working hard to change some of those things. It’s pretty amazing to become more self aware and there are SO MANY PEOPLE I wish would also take a look at themselves. Especially because relationships are two-sided.

I’ve always considered myself a strong person, but I’ve learned that strong doesn’t necessarily mean stoic. Or stonewalled, for that matter. Although it sometimes appears Jenn Schaal doesn’t care about anything, the truth is Jenn Schaal cares about way too many things and is scared to admit it for fear of looking…weak.

If you know me personally, you know that I have a large social network, but just a few actual friends. If you knew me 4 years ago, the opposite was probably true. I think that’s a good shift though sometimes (often) it means I’m on my own. Solitude can be a beautiful thing, don’t get me wrong. But sometimes, too much of it allows you to think that you are really on your own – forever.

More to come.

It really does.

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