Saturday, January 24, 2009


Part of Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Project is a list of commandments she created for herself. This seemed like a fine idea so I am adopting it. Furthermore, I am co-opting her first commandment as my own. The rest of my list is not in any particular order but this first one is definitely the most important.

1. Be Plaid Sheep.

Seems simple enough, be myself. But it isn't simple at all. I don't know about you, but I sometimes wish I could be different, that I liked loud crowded parties or that I didn't feel responsible for every last damn little thing. But it's never going to happen. Sure, I might develop a taste for the occasional Bacchanalia or walk away from a problem without solving it but I'm never going to turn into Mame. Nor would I really want to. (Well, maybe just once in a while.) The only sensible thing (and lord knows I'm sensible) is to just be me as well as I can. Wish me luck.


Cosmopolitan Omphaloskepsis said...


You've hit on the problem, though. It is easy to say 'be yourself,' but the reality is that people change all the time, and in response to different situations. There isn't just one you to be.

karen said...

I like you just fine as you are, overactive responsibility gene and all. I tend to think you already try to be the best person you can be...maybe the new thing to strive for is being happy with who you are?

The Plaid Sheep said...

So right, both of you. And you seem ready to move on to commandment #2.

LMP said...

I respectfully diagree with Cosmo up there, I'm afraid. The core of us never changes. Experience adds onto us, and at different moments different parts of us are highlighted, but you are always you and you always have been, which is good.