Monday, November 8, 2010

Bliss


I think sometimes people use the phrase, "Ignorance is bliss" when they mean to tell you that it's easier to pretend something doesn't exist or isn't a big deal than it is to face the facts. Sometimes, it's just simpler that way. They would rather live with their heads into the clouds, pretending like everything is great instead of facing the horror or disppointment of the truth. Perhaps it's self-preservation. Or, maybe it's just not as messy that way. Whatever the reason, know this: you can't avoid it--whatever it might be--forever.

The mess will arrive on your doorstep one cool day at dusk, bags in hand, and shove its way inside as soon as you open the door. It will stick around, staring at you from the corner of the room, until you acknowledge its presence. You cannot avoid it forever.

This is why I have vowed to avoid ignorance at all costs. I face the demons head on as soon as they perch themselves on my bony shoulders, knowing the weight of what they represent. We all have our battles to fight, and there will always be things that come easily to me that won't come easily to you. Or vice versa. The point is, no one has a perfect life. We each have those demons that rest heavily upon our shoulders, waiting for us to start staring in their direction. Waiting for us to ignore them, hoping they decide to go away so they can grow larger.

And they always do. Grow larger, that is. Or, blindside us when we least expect them to come running from the corner. Perhaps they even knock on our doors at 1:45 a.m. before creepily retreating to their waiting car. For whatever reason, I firmly believe that pretending everything is OK is a temporary fix--a bandaid over a large, gaping wound.

I guess ignorance is bliss for just a moment, until ignorance is unraveling.

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