i was struck by a thought this morning while reading through my dash
our todays are going to be different.
The sun is shining in chicago, so my neighbors and I have that in common
(but I hear it is raining somewhere in north carolina).
The bank sign on my corner read 58 degrees
meaning it will be a warmish day for those who wore jeans or layered on an extra scarf before walking out the door
but for the girl at the bus stop wearing the cute green dress with open toe wedges, it may seem chilly out.
For many of us today will be just another thursday
But for some, today is going to be a very hard day
And maybe for others, the hardest.
the passing of a loved one
an asshole boss who just won’t let up
hate mail from an internet bully
another week without getting the expense check from your company
…nowhere near the same magnitude of weight, obviously
but for people holding worry, luggage feels heavy regardless of where it lands on the absolute-pain-scale.
I am sorry for those who are hurting today.
There are people who will have the best day of their life today.
While I am sitting at my desk working on spend analyses, people will meet their someday-husband and take their last final exam and nail an interview with the company of their dreams.
As I eat my breakfast (watermelon slices out of a mug), babies will be born.
Life will start while I drink my coffee! That is incredible, no?
Some of us will go home to a house that is cleaner than we left it.
While others have a kitchen table strewn with partially opened mail, unpacked grocery bags and that sweater you decided not to wear on monday…just waiting to be tended to.
Maybe you clean off your table tonight. Maybe you don’t.
Maybe you add another day of catalogs to the mountain of clutter.
Some of us will breathe easier today
literally catching our breath after a lingering cold starts to subside
or more metaphorically, as the grip of depression loosens its fingers
Others will have the wind knocked out of them today by a break-up that will change them forever (at least that is how it feels at this moment).
Nails will be painted. Manicures will chip.
Protests will start. and stop. and never start at all.
Birth control forgotten. Prenatal vitamins remembered.
Strangers will pass and smile. And strangers will pass without taking notice.
My today is shaping up to be a perfectly fine thursday
a smooth morning at home and a cell-phone chat with my mom
a draped tank that makes my bump look cute
the right balance of meetings and do-work time situated on my calender
and some good things to look forward to tonight:
a bath with hazel in the fancy tub (the deeper of the two), american idol, maybe some chicken on the grill made by my cute husband.
Nothing extraordinary, for me
But that is not the case for everyone today.
Infinite scenarios playing out
Our today’s are going to be different.
That seems like an important thing to remember.
I hope your today is ok.
or great. or manageable. or incredible.
But if not, you know what they say…
(by “they”, I mean little orphan annie, of course)
tomorrow is just a day away.