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Curve Balls of Life: An Opportunity to Roll With It

“Sometimes you’re the Louisville Slugger, sometimes you’re the ball”-Mary Chapin Carpenter

Sometimes life lobs curve balls at us. This is a truism for everyone, whether we are baseball fans or not. Sometimes the ball even manages to smack you and, while you get to take your base, there’s a part of you that’s a little sore from it. This morning is not the best morning for a curveball, but a minor one happened to come along. My camera is gone. We’ve turned the house and car and all our bags upside down and it’s just plain old gone. I recall where I last saw it but it’s simply not there. Where did it go? I haven’t the slightest idea. We’d planned to spend today lighting birthday candles, maybe taking a bike ride, doing some low key fun birthday type things. I’m getting to turn 37 today (how cool is that?). But my camera is gone. Dang it. I live in a pretty rural town (think Napoleon Dynamite meets Smoke Signals) where shopping is scarce and technology can only be had at the local Walmart or a half empty Radio Shack. So it looks like a bit of a road trip to the city is in order. I just don’t like not having a camera. You can’t have your birthday without a camera to commemorate. Even a not-so big one like 37.

But here’s the funny thing. I’ve been noticing lately that my camera is starting to get old and wasn’t working so well anymore. I’ve wanted to learn how to take better pictures for a long time anyway. I’ve decided this is a great opportunity to take some lemons and make some lemonade. It’s not what we planned for this day but we’re going to roll with it. That’s part of what life is, sometimes just rolling with it is the thing to do. It might even lead to some fantastic game changing results. Who knows? Sometimes you hit home runs or a good line drive. Sometimes you hit a pop fly that you watch sail up and then down again to plop squarely into the center fielder’s mitt. And sometimes you get lobbed a curveball or just get beaned. It doesn’t mean you don’t still love the game and I do.

So today, I’m rolling with it. Here’s to baseball. Here’s to life tossing me the opportunity to take on the challenge that has been brewing in the back of my mind anyway. And here’s to a great year ahead.

You’ll have to excuse me for now. Because I’m a Rice and Beans girl I need to go quickly review the budget and find out how much I can manage to wiggle out of it. Maybe today will bring me a great new camera. And if I’m really lucky-maybe I’ll run across a great baseball game too.


7 responses »

  1. Have a great birthday! You have a great attitude about losing your camera. I love it. Glad I found your blog and I hope you find a great deal on a new camera.

  2. Happy Birthday Tara! I hope you get your camera & a good baseball game. Nothing says “Happy Birthday” that getting what it is you want & need. I hope you find room in the budget b/c magic times are upon you! ENJOY!

  3. Hi Tara, .
    I found your comments on Gretchzen’s post “Sounds Easy, So Why Is This Particular Element of Happiness So Hard?” and I had to look you up. Great blog, we have all been there (or still are) in the beans and rice mode. Your on my list of blogs to read often and if you don’t mind I would like to ask you a technical question. As I am a blogger as well I noticed that your comments on The Happiness Project had a link back to your site on your name. How did you do that? I tried but couldn’t figure it out. If you can help great and Thanks so much.

    Ed Fox

  4. Pingback: Impatient Purchasing: Five Rules to Help Avoid It « rice & beans life

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