There’s a show on HBO called camping. I’m still not sure if it’s good or bad, but it seems that every character is the charicatured version of what that grown up would be like in real life.
For example, on the second episode, one of the people camping is telling another one of the campers that oxycodone was his drug of choice. The second camper gives him a little piece of a pill and tells him that “it’s just to take the edge off” to which the first person replies “I don’t want to take the edge off, I want to be numb! I want to feel nothing!”
I’m paraphrasing but you get the point, I hope. Here’s where I have questions:
- Who walks around with an assortment of pills and drugs in their bags?
- Who has a total hysterectomy to control periods?
- Who gets to the camp site earlier, just to take other peoples mattresses?
Don’t get me wrong. I get it. That these are trying times for most of us. We are living in a time when most of us are mad, sad, tired, alone, in a panic with nowehere to go, and a little numbness might be nice. But I have yet to meet someone that deep in the substances. Maybe I have and don’t know about it. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe there are people like that in real life.
The thing is that we all feel sad and overwhelmed from time to time. We feel ignored and lonely, your friends are traveling or dealing with their own things or the husband has to work extra late, there’s nothing to watch and the kid wants me to read one more book. But I’m not about to start taking oxy.
I have a kid that needs me to be present. I have things that I need to do every day and long term plans that would be ruined if all of a sudden all I want to do is sit around doing nothing. Not to mentioned that I still care about my well being.
The mother in law left yesterday, and 2kicks and I have to go back to our regularly scheduled programming and it’s sad. But if I had a choice, I don’t know if I would pick to be numb. I much rather have a “picker upper” just so I could get more energy so I could get more things done and stay distracted. Unfortunately for me, none of my mom friends have a bag full of pills. At least not that I know of.