You know how you tell anecdotes sometimes that are kinda funny but, as the storyteller, you know there’s a darker aspect to it than the fluffy outer shell?
I’ve noticed that I don’t get too depressed when I’m drinking, but I do suffer what I refer to as “lack of resilience”. It’s like I have zero capacity to handle even the slightest of setbacks. So, the funny-dark story comes in because of a time I was trying to leave the house with my two small humans, and I dropped my coffee on our slate entryway. It was in one of those unspillable cups and just made a massive clanging noise, didn’t even spill. But in my frustrated, zero-resilience state, I exclaimed loudly, “f*cking HELL!”
My sweet 3 year old dutifully chirrupped in her singsongy little voice, “fucking HELL, fucking HELL” for at least the next ten minutes.
I tell the story as a funny anecdote to my less-than-admirable mom actions that rub off on my kids (she stopped saying it after I told her it was a mistake and we shouldn’t use language like that). But I know the truth, that I was hungover and low on patience and it wasn’t a big deal to drop my coffee except that Ev.Er.Y.Thing is a big deal when you’re hung over.
So yesterday, this happened:
Except now I’m almost a week sober and my resilience is regrowing. I didn’t even exclaim, more just remarked, “oh fudge.” Then I calmly cleaned it up. My toddler didn’t notice because it wasn’t charged with emotion. And I didn’t feel like a complete asshat for failing to bounce back from the absolute tiniest of inconveniences.
I know there is WAY more going on in the world right now that rightfully deserves my attention and outrage, and spilled or dropped coffee is NOT it. I am grateful today for a sobriety that allows me to open up my worldview and spend less time focusing on the tiny nothings of my day to day that used to be a big deal.