Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Catastrophizing

I know therapists tell people not to "catatstrophize," but where's the fun in that?   I ask you!  Immediately  turning to a worst-case scenario makes your life feel so much more interesting, like you're Secret Agent Man.  Remember the old Johnny Rivers lyrics?

There's a man who leads a life of danger
To everyone he meets he stays a stranger
With every move he makes another chance he takes
Odds are he won't live to see tomorrow.

I come from a long line of catastrophizers on TRQ's side, and Ken is no slouch on the Lurking Dangers front either.  The other night when our 27 year-old son left the house without a coat on, he did this pretty great riff on how Finns think Americans are so stupid because they don't wear coats when it's cold and don't we know we could be in cars that break down and that if we don't have coats on in freezing cars WE COULD DIE?

So please, people, for the love of all that is sacred and holy, wear your coats when you leave the house.  Otherwise you may die.

You're welcome.

5 comments:

radagast said...

And clean underwear.

Is it just me or is there an underlying hum of doom that runs through January? So, yes, coats. But also helmets, Kevlar, amulets, indulgences. The works. Like Sarge used to say at the start of every Hill Street Blues episode: "Let's be careful out there."

Emily said...

Noted.

James said...

Here is my retort to those catastrophizing Finns:
"Hey catastrophizing Finns, Who cares about coats? The Russians are coming, The Russians are coming!"

I realize it was Americans who got worked up about the threat of the Russian invasion...the Finns got to see it up close.

Julie Cannon said...

Ha! This made me laugh out loud, because I lived through this moment. But I did think Ken had a valid point :)

Rochelle said...

In Alaska we say "dress for the weather, not for your vehicle". It's sound advice no matter where you live.
p.s. I totally remember the Secret Agent Song and loved The Man from Uncle. Spies. Love them.