“I don’t suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.”
Nope, this phrase is not from Miley Cyrus nor Lady Gaga. It’s actually from something else. My shirt, to be exact. The moment I read that print, crazy memories came rushing through my brain. I say I’m old enough to have accomplished numerous senseless stuff. I have to admit I become cuckoo sometimes. Well, maybe not just sometimes. (My wife would certainly object if I insist on the “sometimes” part).
Today’s sharing is just a light and happy one. The sort of crazy yet amusing recollections. Although this would not have happened if not for my wife’s ingenuity.
In January 2007, my wife, who was still my girlfriend back then, had to fly to Dubai. I was left alone in the Philippines. We had yet to turn one year in our pre-marital relationship.
As our first anniversary approached, I couldn’t think of any innovative idea for the occasion. I was lacking IT skills and financial provisions so I had to rely on her for celebration plan. Her sensibility kicked in and came up with a perfectly creative proposal. That on the date of our anniversary, at exactly 6 PM, Manila Time, we’d both eat at KFC! Well, KFC Festival Mall (Philippines) in my case and KFC Sheikh Zayed Road (Dubai) in hers. We’d both enter the establishments, order meal, eat, and chat, all synchronously.
I remember standing outside KFC Festival Mall 5 minutes before 6 on the date of our anniversary. I cannot forget the puzzled look of the greeter as we endured standing outside. Some of our common friends were with me to join the “affair”. A minute before the scheduled time, my phone rang. Her voice sounded out of breath as she spoke, “Dear, sorry, the traffic was heavy but I am here now by the door. Are you ready?” Altogether, we entered both branches at the same time. The greeter’s face, then, looked more confused than ever.
My phone was cradled between my ear and shoulder the whole time. I never thought of stiff neck or myself looking awkward because it was our day. Our friends’ faces were enquiring so I had to relay our exchanges to them. The event went on with questions like what we were both wearing, what we were ordering, which part of meal were we at, our friends’ getup, and every little describable details in both locations. With the occasional teasing of our friends, great food, and cheesy moments, everything was almost perfect. What completed that momentous dinner was when she sincerely asked on the phone, “Dear, can you please pass the ketchup?” Oh my! That did not only make my day, but it made my whole month. My whole year, even!
You see, I’m sharing this story to state that in life, it is perfectly fine to be insane.
Sometimes life does not offer other option but for us to endure its lemons. That even when you cry a river, it will just laugh at you. But hey, you can get even by going crazy at times that, just like the KFC greeter, it’d be clueless to what you are up to. Let me stress out though that timing and venue are of the essence. You can’t just be in YOLO mode anywhere at any time, right?
Don’t get totally immersed in your problems because it might blur out all other aspects of your life. You might just lose focus on greater things as you dwell in dilemmas. When you realize that there really is no answer to your questions, it might be too late.
Don’t take too long in pondering the whys. Act, and when you do, let God do the rest for you.
Live life. Create memories. And while you’re at it, just go crazy. Well, yeah, sometimes.