Grasp It and Grow

I crave purpose and direction.
Bring me to life.
What is it worth?
Who am I?
Without my skin of the earth.
 
A composition of support.
The soil runs deep.
You’ll grasp it and grow.
Have patience and passion.
When you find it you’ll know.

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Second Thoughts

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Even if you don’t have them for long, everyone has second thoughts about one decision or another in their life.
We use the phrase, “on second thought” to express that we have given something more thought, or that we are reconsidering something.
As fun as it it to be spontaneous, sometimes you have to rethink, reevaluate, etc. Take a second look at your situation… are you happy? If the answer is no, you should be having second thoughts! You gotta think about number one!
Though these decisions we make vary in importance…
“On second thought, I will have that cup of coffee.”
“On second thought, I don’t think I want to go out tonight.”
“I’m having second thoughts on not taking the job.”
“I’m having second thoughts about our engagement.”
…Every decision you make there is the potential for second thoughts. You are a human. We think we know what we want, but we love to change our minds. We think, then we over think … We make ourselves, and others, a little bit crazy. But it’s OKAY!
Hopefully, in the end, you figure out what’s best for you and the situation you’re in and everyone will be better for it.
I encourage the second thought, especially when playing it safe. Give adventure a chance, try something new, talk to that person across the room before they talk to you, learn a new skill, dye your hair, try a new style, order something you wouldn’t normally order,  make the first move. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Don’t let those once in lifetime opportunities pass you by.
Make yourself happy.
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Quite Irksome

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Today’s word: Irksome [urk-suh m] (adj.)
Meaning: annoying; irritating; exasperating; tiresome; bothersome; tending to irk
According to Wiktionary it originates from the Old English word weorcsum(painful, hurtful).
Other forms: irk, irksomely (adv.), irksomeness (n)
Spanish translation: irritante, fastidioso
And now a list of things that I find quite irksome:

  1. When the lid of the toilet or the seat itself is left up.
  2. When people blatantly liter.
  3. Bills
  4. Hangnails
  5. Flyaway hairs
  6. Wet socks
  7. Canker sores
  8. Donald Trump
  9. When people overshare on social media
  10. Alarm clocks
  11. When people say “I seen it” instead of “I saw it”
  12. CONSTANT phone users
  13. People who cut you off while driving
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Relish vs. Relish

When I hear and see the word relish the first thing I think of is, green topping for a hot dog. Which, to me, presents a negative connotation to the word. I am not a fan of the chunky green pickle substance. But oddly enough, the alternate definition of relish is actually: liking or enjoyment of the taste of something; to take pleasure in; enjoy.
But let me tell you, I do not relish that condiment we know as relish.
Okay… you got me…I’ve never even had relish. But it looks kind of scary…
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Maybe now that my palette has expanded I’d be willing to give this one a go.

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Jalapeno Relish from Souffle Bombay … It might be worth a try.


But we’ll see if I relish for more relishing of the relish after I finally try it.
What I have found I definitely have relish for, is the learning of linguistics and how our beautifully complicated language works.
Today I focus on this particular homonym, relish. 
Relish has over time become a homonym, it originated from the Old French word reles,  meaning scent, taste or aftertaste. Then moved to meaning “the enjoyment of the taste or flavor” and finally in 1797 the “condiment, which imparts flavor” was born. So now, we can relish something, have relish for something…or we can simply eat relish.
A relish, in the food form, can also mean something other than the pickled surprise we can order on our Chicago hot dog. Relishes are common among Indian and African cuisine. For example a jam or a chutney, made with chopped vegetables or fruits…It’s sort of similar to a salsa but is usually spread on top of a meat as opposed to being dipped into by a chip or a cracker.
And Also! There are relish trays, which usually includes a variety of savory veggies, such as pickles, olives and beets.
Relish is one of the many homonyms in our language.
I relish for knowledge! I plan to do more simple research on, not only English and language, but the habits, customs and traditions we’ve established over the years.
This year I’ve been especially fascinated by the words we use and where they come from. The Great Courses offer very in-depth information about linguistics and vocabulary…and so many other things. But I found these topics make my brain work, I’ve never been so aware of my speech and the discourse habits we’ve collectively created among regions and social groups.
“Relish everything that’s inside of you, the imperfections, the darkness, the richness and light and everything. And that makes for a full life.”
-Anthony Hopkins

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Face Your Fears

Happy Thursday. I need my writing outlet back, let’s do this.
With the push of a button I received a random daily prompt, Fear Factor, People are afraid of all kinds of things: spiders, the dark, or being enclosed in small spaces. Tell us about your greatest fear — rational or irrational.
Not a bad way to start blogging again, revealing a part of myself that I don’t think I have before. I have had many fears in my life, some are greater than others and some I have overcome…some, I think, are just part of being human. I don’t think I have any legitimate phobias that bring me to the point of complete anxiety but there have been times where a few of these things get me pretty close. So without further ado, it’s time to acknowledge my fear of….
clowns
rollercoasters, now I love them.
big dogs, now I want one
the monster under my bed, now we’re friends
people in masks
potentially haunted places
thunderstorms, now I love them
the dark, as long as I know where I am
a recall on Monster Energy
the doctor’s office
being buried alive
bees
small spaces
missing out
scary movies, now I help make them
the unknown
gaining weight
being aloneI’m pretty good company to myself
public speaking, as long as I’m prepared
being unprepared
being misunderstood
saying the wrong thing
losing my hearing
the pain in my arm will never go away
not finishing what I start
being wrong
being needed
dying
failing
getting pregnant
upsetting the people I love
commitment
never finding true love
never being good enough
losing the people I love
Luckily, there are so many good things and good people in life to make these fears a little less scary.

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