Saturday, November 6, 2010
Leaving, and understanding 'TIA'
This Is Africa.
This is a saying that must fully be adopted by even the transient such as myself. Things NEVER go according to plan. You wait. You wait for everything from electricity to transport to arrive. You think you will be somewhere at 2...well, better not expect to be there by 7.
You thought this...and that happened.
Americans need to find patience. Before leaving I was even aware of that. From my home in Stanhope NJ I have four 24-hour Dunkin Donuts within five square miles. You must also add in three CVS's, a Walgreen, a 24-hour Shoprite, and a Super Walmart. Not to mention the internet gives me movies, music, and communication on demand. There is NOTHING to wait for in NJ.
Hense you see people freak out day in and day out of the stupidest shit ever. It makes you wonder what exactly burrowed into our asses to make a 2 minute cue at a check-out counter absolutely intolerable. I'm as culpable as the next. More than 1 minute line at an ATM and we are off running to another. God forbid there is an old lady at the Supermarket checkout struggling to write out a check (that vestige of the ice age)...us Americans might just beat her down. It's terrible.
But, TIA as taught me a great deal.
It involves removing yourself from the center of the universe. Things like the elements, sickness, and death get in the way of expediacy every day.
Where are we going anyway? I don't know where I'm going so, cheers, and thank you Africa for making that ok, because if that's the case I won't be such a jerk in getting there. I'll just have to kick back and relax and let things happen as best as they are capable of unfolding. Can't alter reality to suit you. Just enjoy it as best as you can.