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Speaking of Resolutions…

This is a fun book to peruse the next time you are at the bookstore: Lose Weight! Get Laid! Find God!: The All-in-One Life Planner.

Life is short, so why not make the most of it by planning ahead? Lose Weight! Get Laid! Find God! is a guide to all the essential stages of life, one year at a time from 0 to 100, along with full-color tips that will ensure each year of your existence makes an indelible impression:

Age 9: Pester your parents for unaffordable consumer goods
Age 15: Rebel against society
Age 30: Procreate
Age 48: Fight the flab
Age 62: Do prescription drugs
Age 100: Undergo cryogenic freezing

From your birth to your midlife crisis, from losing your virginity to disinheriting your grandchildren, this book will tell you how to lead the hysterical life you so richly deserve.

Read with friends.

December 31, 2006 Posted by | books | Comments Off on Speaking of Resolutions…

Year End

I am a big fan of all things having to do with the end of one year and the beginning of the next. I enjoy this reflection that the calendar forces upon me.

Last year at this time I found myself newly transplanted back to Atlanta. I had just achieved two major milestones: the completion of grad school and CPA certification. I had left public accounting and I was pursuing other avenues of interest. These were all things that I had desperately wanted, yet my daily life had become crippled by an overwhelming sense of anxiety. My main goal in 2006 was to rid myself of the anxiety. Though I am not completely there yet, I am so much closer now than I was then. On paper it doesn’t appear that I accomplished much else, but that would be very deceiving. I relearned how to relax and how to have fun. David and I spent countless hours in our yard, landscaping and tending the vegetable garden. We went whitewater rafting. We spent a weekend in Philadelphia and New York. I spent a weekend on the waverunner in Tampa. I read many books. It was all good.

The coming year is going to be different from any other. David begins working. We’re going to renovate our kitchen. Starting a family is in our very near future. Life as we know it will change, and I think I am ready for that.

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore. I have a chronic problem of trying to overacheive way beyond my capabilities, and my resolutions were always indicative of this. I could type several pages of resolutions, with categories such as health, books, and spirituality. It was a good intentioned pathway to my own personal hell. One thing that David has taught me is self-acceptance, and it is only through his influence that I no longer make resolutions. But I’m still a Type-A, goal-oriented person through and through. What I’m loosely planning on in 2007:

  • A lot of house renovations
  • A lot more reading (I like the 50 books a year concept)
  • A lot more writing (this is an exercise in patience, which I desperately need)
  • And of course, a lot more going to the gym

Tune in next year to see how it went.

December 30, 2006 Posted by | anxiety, goals, introspection | Comments Off on Year End

Journey into Darkness

Recently a friend and I began a discussion on the concept of evil. We have very different viewpoints; his being more Eastern and mine being more Judeo-Christian. I wanted to understand what he thought of raw evil (as I would call it), such as in cases of serial murderers, etc. He recommended that I read Journey into Darkness by John Douglas to better understand such scenarios.

The book offers the reader the opportunity to follow the FBI’s premier investigative profiler as he penetrates the minds and motives of the most terrifying serial criminals. The first few chapters of the book are really a downer. Douglas goes through several horrifying crime scenes that make you want to lock the doors and stay inside. After awhile, the book becomes easier to take, though hardly really pleasant or enjoyable. As you read through accounts of different crimes you are struck by the fact that you are never truly safe and that there is no such thing as being overly cautious, since a lot of crimes occur in just a few seconds of opportunity. One such case was the story of a six-year old girl who went to an evening church service. She went to the bathroom alone, and was abducted on her way back to the service.

My mother instilled a healthy sense of fear into me. As a child as I was taught her favorite maxims, such as “bad guys have cars [so don’t assume your neighborhood is safe]” and “never go to crime scene #2 [things will just get worse]”. Despite my mom’s efforts, there were still many opportunities for harm to befall my siblings and I. I used to ride my bike to Ben Franklin’s by myself. My siblings and I would play at a neighborhood church’s playground during the weekdays, when no one else was around. I was allowed to walk the few blocks to friends’ houses, though I was always supposed to call once I got there (something I often forgot about, much to my mother’s annoyance). This is in no way to suggest that I did not grow up with an adequate safety net around me. In fact, I want to suggest the opposite: despite many efforts that focused on safety, there were still holes in the net. Those will always exist, and the best we can do is minimize them.

What will I do when I have kids? Will I need to watch them every second of every day? Can’t they roam around the neighborhood and play without me having to worry about them? Can I not even look away from them when we are at church? Despite what my husband thinks, I have no plan to become overly-protective. Douglas encourages a balanced attitude. The chances are in our favor that our children will not be abducted, but we still must set up multiple deterrents so that such an opportunity is highly unlikely.

While there is much more to the book than the section on child abductions, it is this section that made the book worth my time. For those interested in criminal profiling, there is plenty of that scattered throughout this book, though other books may offer a better survey of the subject.

And as for the discussion on evil? Well, I am nowhere close to understanding anything. I am putting that topic on hold for now, though I would like to come back to it eventually.

December 10, 2006 Posted by | books | Comments Off on Journey into Darkness