from Haunted - Tuesday, December 04, 2007
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Opps - I meant "Blog"
As a kid, growing up in this crazy cult, we were required to do all manner of things that might seem strange to your average kid in the suburbs. There was this form called an OHR, or an Open Heart Report which we would all have to fill out every night. In it, they asked all kinds of personal and downright disgusting questions like: "Have you made love today?", "Have you had a Bowel Movement today?" and "If so: was it soft, medium or hard?"
But by far, the most dreaded of the questions and form requirements was that we write about a "lesson learned" every single damn day! This forced us all to become rather creative as we struggled to invent a different "lesson" that we could have possibly come across and "learned" in the course of our day.
It wasn't really difficult if you'd gotten a "demerit" that day (which, for some of us, was more often than not....) - you could "learn" that particular lesson again and again....you just had to space it out so your "lessons learned" weren't repetitious too often or the readers of the aforementioned OHR might get suspicious.
That being said, I got to thinking today - what is a blog but a public OHR - a recounting of events, confessions, and ultimately "lessons learned"? These days, "lessons" have been on my mind a lot...I'm turning 30 (I know, how cliché'), I'm divorced, moving again after only 2 years and starting over again in this new year. 2008! When did that one sneak up on me?
So here goes, "I've learned" (oh god - flashbacks!!) that I'm absolutely TERRIBLE in money management!
There - I've finally admitted it.
These last 2 years have been a crazy experiment in living on my own for the first time in my life, along with the fun things that go along with that, like having only one income and paying your own bills. Mock me if you will, but I'd never even seen a checkbook in real life until I was about 19 and until July 2005 I'd never lived on my own before. (Did I mention I got married at 19?)
Needless to say, I've never been one of those amazingly smart individuals who learns from the mistakes of others....oh no. I've always been one of the more common of folk who blindly thrash into their own mistakes. In fact - I might even be worse: I might be the person who makes mistakes so those smart fuckers can learn as well. Ahhh...the injustice!
So yes - that's what I've learned from these last two years. Of course, only time will tell but personally, since I'm not forced to write these every day, I'd perfer not to repeat my "lessons", thank you very much.
I'm really supposed to be packing right now so I can move into a more affordable but ultimately nicer (yeah - I know Sis, shoulda done it years ago) apartment. And yeah, I'm a procrastinator.
But I'll save that "lesson" for another OHR...opps - I meant "Blog"...