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Sometimes life’s a headache

Published 7:58pm Monday, July 11, 2011

Sometimes life gets you down, sometimes it doesn’t make sense and sometimes it sends you over the edge.

Well, over the past few months, for some reason, I’ve been letting a lot of things get under my skin.

Do you know what I mean?

Those things that you have to deal with but don’t understand why.

For example, cleaning my house.

I’m at work, it feels like, more than I’m at home. Yet, some way, somehow, I always have to clean it. And it doesn’t matter if I clean from top to bottom or every square inch of my home, it’s still dirty the next time I turn around.

Now I know I have to clean up after myself, but at the same time my nerves keep saying, “DON’T GET MESSY…please.”

Another thing that sends me over the edge at times is having to drive through construction for months on end.

Every day I make the drive from Eclectic to Alexander City along Highway 63, and for the past three months there has been a stretch of construction from The Ridge in front of Russell Crossroads that takes at least 10 to 15 minutes to get through, depending on what vehicle I get behind.

This stretch of construction usually makes me bitter in the mornings and a lot of times late.

I feel like it doesn’t matter how early I leave for work…I’m still going to be a few minutes behind schedule.

And if you’ve been through this area of construction, you know what I mean by frustrating.

I know on one hand construction needs to be done, but on the other hand my impatient side says, “HURRY UP…please.”

Finally, paying for insurance boggles my mind.

I’ve never had to think about insurance really until this past year.

My parents have always taken care of my health needs, so when I got married it was tough adjusting to knowing I would have to be in charge of me, completely.

So then when I finally got a job, I thought, “Yay! I can pay for my own insurance and be grown up now,” but needless to say, after receiving my monthly bill, I wasn’t so excited.

I had no idea that people pay bookoodles of money to ensure they can pay their medical bills if something catastrophic happens.

Again, I know it has to be done, but at the same time, my wallet and I both are saying, “GIVE ME A BREAK…please.”

With all of that being said, I just want to say I hope I don’t sound like a complainer, even though at times I can be a pretty good one.

But I say all of this also to say that yeah, life is messy.

Sometimes it’s not fun, sometimes it doesn’t make sense and sometimes it’s a headache, but you know, it’s those things in life that make it unpredictable.

It’s those things that make it interesting.

It’s those things that make this roller coaster of life worth holding your hands up in the air while screaming all the way down.

Jessica Hargett is a staff writer for The Outlook