Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Art of Farting Around

I love to fart around. I love to fart around so much that it may be considered a character flaw instead of a positive. I like being busy, not necessarily always productive, but busy. It’s fun. How else would I have ever found out that my head could hold approximately $730 worth of nickels? (Thanks to Andy and Nicole for the help on that one!) On the downside, sometimes when I should just sit and relax, I get antsy. I want to be doing something. I want to be farting around. Sometimes that makes relaxation a tad bit difficult. Although most of the time farting is relaxing, yes I just said that, that’s not always the case. Sometimes the need to fart around impedes relaxation. For as much as I’m using fart here, you’d think it were a drinking game or something?
    While exploring this topic of farting around I ran across a great quote from Kurt Vonnegut. “I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different.” I think that’s just a cool quote. It puts everything we’re doing here in perspective. You’re a brain surgeon? You’re farting around in somebody’s head. You’re a rocket scientist? You fart around making things fly to far off places. I think that’s appealing to me because it forces me to not take myself or others too seriously. How can you take somebody so seriously when you think they fart around all day? Weirdly this has also helped me on those days when I’m feeling less than motivated to get actual work done. Almost like tricking a toddler to each her vegetables, I trick myself into working by framing it as farting around with a problem for a while. Next thing you know I’ve done something useful, and all is right with the world. Just as putting people in perspective, I feel like it puts problems in perspective as well. Again with the mind tricks, but if you’ve got a really difficult problem ahead of you, thinking of farting around with it somehow makes the problem less intimidating. It also makes the inevitable first attempts and subsequent failures of potential solutions not such a big deal. Seems simpler to move on to the next possibility when you’re farting around. Hopefully I’ve given you all something to think about next time you’re faced with a day you don’t want deal with, or a problem that seems insurmountable. Fart around a bit and it makes things a whole lot easier. The picture I’m including with this post is of the lights Laura and I put up on the deck one night when we were sitting outside and got antsy. That night was actually what got me thinking of this concept.
     On another note, if you haven’t heard of Kurt Vonnegut, he’s a very interesting character and an author worth reading, or googling some of his quotes when you are bored. More info on him can be found here.

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