By Tammy Derouin
Struggles, challenges and disappointments are part of life. If you knew what was coming, would you even get out of bed? Knowing the future would probably keep everyone in the nursery with their eyes closed, sucking their thumbs while waiting to be cuddled. In today's oversensitive world, sheltering individuals from reality or allowing them to give up because it's difficult or stressful, is turning the younger generations into state approved weaklings. Our schools, universities and cuddling “experts” are an extension of the preschool nursery.
So called experts will come right out and tell you they know what is best. Just because they've rearranged some letters in the alphabet (and if you're a Kenny Chesney fan, you know where I'm headed) and stuck them behind their name, doesn't mean they have god-like powers. Although, if they can convince you that they are superior, the power shifts in their favor. Fancy talk doesn't impress me. Gathering facts and seeking the truth is impressive. Verbal attacks only hurt if you allow them to hurt and opinions are like bellybuttons. Yeah, I said bellybuttons, everybody has one.
Inevitably, during difficult times, the thought of an alternate reality will enter your mind. What would life have been like if different decisions would have been made? That is truly a subjective thought because you create an experience in your mind based on feelings and opinions, not facts. The path not taken would have had its own challenges, heartaches and disappointments. The outcome will never be known. However, I see nothing wrong with a temporary "what if" vacation in the mind when dealing with the difficulties of reality. Where's the rewind button when you need it?