Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"Don't do it, Tommy! Don't you bloody do it!"

 Wherein Jack gets asked why a lot

 I have a motive for everything I do. Even the small, everyday things like getting out of bed - so I can eat breakfast - and brushing my teeth - so I never have to go back to HYDRA. I even have motivations for going for walks - because it is exercising and if I exercise it means I can have a cookie. (That is the only reason to exercise, no matter what everyone else tries to convince you of.)

 I have always been asked Why. Ever since I was young - er. Why am I climbing that tree? Why am I pulling my shoes off and running out barefoot in the snow? Why am I eating jalapenos right out of the jar?

 I've kind of reached the point where I'm no longer asked why. It is accepted that I'm just one of those people. Why do I plan world domination? Because I'm Jack. Why does my search record on my laptop have a list of Nazi torture methods? Because I'm Jack. Why do I slam doors? Because I'm Jack. That is just how I am now. I'm weird and everyone knows it and has either excepted it or moved to the other side of he globe to escape.

 Sometimes though, I still get asked why. It always catches me off guard. "Why do you wear green boots?" "Why is there red string connecting all your notes on your board?" "Why do you read so many kid's books?" "Why do you carry a fork around in your bag with you all the time?" (To explain the fork, because it has little to do with the others, I carry it in the chance I might someday need to stab someone with it.)

 My answer is always the same for most of these. "Because it's fun." And then I get the o.O look.

 But the truth is, that is the reason and the only reason I do a lot of what I do. 

 Life isn't always fun, we all know this. It is hard and sad. We have bad days. We have bad weeks. Sometimes we have bad years. We lose friends, family members. We go through trails we think we might never make it out of. Pretending life is always happy won't fix any of this. We have to go through them. 

 But at the same time, life has happen moments. There are summer nights with fireflies and watermelon seeds. Winters of sitting snug in our warm homes while the wind howls outside. Long drives in the fall to look at the leaves changing colour. Flowers blooming in spring. Everywhere we look there is hints of happiness, reminders of God's love and care.

 We forget to look though. We get busy, rushing from one thing to the next. There is food to shop for, jobs to go to, money to make, bills to pay. And all of that is important, but I don't believe it is as important as we make it to be.

 That is why I put red string over my notes. Not because I had extra red string but because when I sit at my desk and write I can look up and pretend I have a SHIELD or detective board over my desk. I wear green boots so when I look at my feet I see a random splash of colour. I put bobby pins in my hat....well, partly for fun and partly so when HYDRA handcuffs me I can pick the lock.

 Because my life is hard too, but I like to be reminded of fun and random things. Of possible adventures. That boots can be practical and fun. And I want someone to be able to look at me and smile. Everyone needs to smile more, and if I can make one person smile a day I have accomplished something at least.

 We all need to have more fun in our lives. Never become so busy, either with work or looking at the gloomy sides of life, that you don't take a moment to chase fireflies, spit watermelon seeds at someone, wear red shoes, or plot how to escape kidnappers - only for the reason that it is fun.

 Quote is from The Maze Runner. It is Newt and therefore a good quote because Newt is a cool character.




  1. Ah, Jack! Once again you have made my day with a delightful (as well as humorous) post. Thanks for your encouragement.

    On a totally unrelated topic: is The Maze Runner any good? I've been hearing a lot about it, but I don't know anyone personally who has read it yet.

  2. Great post! More people need to notice and care about the small things in life. And have fun more, you're right. I wonder how much happier Americans would be if they did what they were supposed to when they were supposed to, efficiently and quick and right the first time? People would have SO much more free time to enjoy, well, everything! (And you're not the only one to carry a fork around with you. My grandma always has at least one full set of silverware on her wherever she goes, just in case.)
    ...I had to reread parts of your post because you nearly quoted the Friends theme song and it threw me off guard. xD "It's like you're stuck in second gear... when it hasn't been your day, your month, or even your year" *clap clap clap clap* Catchy song. Bad show.
    Anyway, thanks for the post. You're absolutely right about the fact that there are bursts of happiness amidst tough times, if we would just look.

  3. Jack, that was wonderful! We tend to miss those small moments and don't appreciate them.
    I'd use a spoon instead of a fork though. Why? Because it would hurt more. (Name THAT movie reference!)

  4. There are no words to express how much I love this post! It makes me want to wear green boots and all that good stuff.

    AND the only reason I don't carry a fork in my purse is that my wonderful big brother got me a taser last Christmas. Huzzah for protective older brothers!

    Thankfully I have not yet had to use it...

  5. I would wear Christmas and Halloween candy socks to work. As long as they were predominately black, my boss wouldn't say anything about them. I had one boss who found them amusing.

    Life is too short for boring socks and shunning of kids books. We have to live it to the fullest each day. It's hard sometimes, but that's no excuse. The harder it gets to bring a smile to your face, the more you need to find that smile.

  6. You remind me of Parker from Leverage. She once stabbed a person with a fork because she got nervous. :D At least you're prepared, right?

  7. Ah, Jack, you never cease to amaze me. I'm not sure I can even express my love for this post. I love the way you look at the world.

    I wholeheartedly agree that it's so important to always look for the fun things. There seems to be a certain way we supposed to live. Work, pay the bills, yadda yadda. But if we want to break the monotony and do something crazy like carry a fork around, why not? What's so wrong in that? Who says adults aren't supposed to read children's books? Life can be a beautiful, charming place. Why smother it with monotony and "social norms". I say have fun while living! Because, yeah, life is going to throw some horrible things at you, no matter who you are. In the words of the Doctor, "What's the point in them being happy now if they're going to be sad later. The answer is, of course, because they a re going to be sad later." One of my top favorite quotes.

    God has blessed us with this beautiful world. It's a waste to not enjoy it, even in the little things. No, ESPECIALLY the little things.

    Never stop being amazing, Jack.


    I dunno. That's what I gathered from this post. I LOVE your posts like this. They're funny.

    If you're gonna stab someone... a fork works well. Parker can attest to that. (also that guy who hoped their boats would sink) but if you ever stab someone with it, I shall immediately go, "I'LL TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENED, JACK JUST STABBED HER GUY WITH A FORK.' and then you can jump out a window and it will be fabulous.

    i miss you.




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