You close your eyes. You take a deep breath. You turn your thoughts to cupcakes, the countryside and other good things of life. You wish the real world would magically disappear from in front of your eyes.
Or at least your exam results would.
Or that email full of “feedback” from your boss.
You know the feeling, don’t you? That moment when you keep avoiding reality believing it’s somehow less disastrous if you don’t know it exists?
Yeah … The Shameful Silence
This is how it happened. I stopped checking my stats. I stopped logging in to WordPress. I even stopped opening this website altogether, in case I catch a glimpse of the last date I posted! I don’t know how long it has been. Two months? Three months?? Six months???
And Alexa rank? What’s that?
Sure, I wanted to post.
Or so I told myself.
I planned to “write more” …
“When I’ve “settled down” in the new job.” (Did I tell you I switched jobs in between? :P)
“When I’m a little less busy”.
“When I’m “feeling like”, ’cause with weeks this crazy, weekends are meant for “relaxing”.”
You see the problem? These were my
real challenges bulls**t excuses.
If that sounds familiar, you’re like the 99.999…9% of us “normal” people.
You see, that’s what we do. We like easy. We like escape-routes. We hate looking problems in the eye. We like to hope and dream and fantasize about solutions falling on our heads from somewhere “when the time comes”.
That Phone Call …
Could you be doing the same? Like … right now? With your career, your new weight-loss program, or your relationship with your girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse/parents/children?
“I’ll make that call tomorrow. Today I have a lot of work piled up.”
“I will apologize to him/her. Just not now. Some other time.”
“May be we can work through our distance if we try. But I just don’t have the courage to get my hopes high again.”
“I need to tell him … what I feel like, but every time he calls we just talk about how’re-you-how’s-life-what’s-up-at-work. I just don’t have the energy to bring up all that stuff… What’s the problem if we can get along just like this?”
Some relationship issues are deep. The kind of deep that makes you try to avoid them forever.
Doesn’t matter if it’s with your significant other or a parent or a friend or anyone else. Whatever it is, postponing dealing with it won’t make it go away. Distances don’t reduce over time. They only increase. If you’re hoping a really big disaster will bring you together like in the movies – yes it might happen. But if you’re like the 99.99% of us, it won’t.
Make that phone call now. Write that email now.
Yes, it’s not easy. But it’s necessary.