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I guess I’ve reached the time in my life where it is completely inappropriate to throw a temper tantrum. Apparently, people look down on you as an individual when you throw yourself on the ground because you can’t find your pant size in Target (who knew).

Oh, but how nice it would be to throw one once and a while! When things are bad and you’re down on your luck, a good fall to the ground, some yelling and leg kicking would sure do the trick and help with the anger and irritation.

However, as we get older, we have to become more careful about the ways we show our frustration with others and the world. Some people still deal with anger in childlike ways, they punch walls, punch others, break others down with words.

There have been and will continue to be times when all I can do is throw up my hands in despair when life hands me lemons. I always hated that saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” I prefer the following: “When life hands you lemons, you pick them up and throw them at the nearest wall.” While this may not always be the correct thing to do, it sure will feel good!

Maybe what I’m trying to say is, there are times in which taking the “adult” route just doesn’t work. Just the other day I felt an immense frustration in my chest. I didn’t know why I had it, all I did know was that I was frustrated and wanted to do some sort of activity but I was too tired so I just sad there being frustrated. I ended up coloring a pretty picture while drinking a glass of wine, so that’s a good mix of adult and not so adult.

In these moments I can just hear my father’s voice inside my head, “The world isn’t out to get you.” But, some times it feels like the world is closing in and nothing is going right and everything seems to be hunky-dory for everyone else, you gotta just put on your big girl (boy) panties, grab an alcoholic beverage, and color a damn picture and try to stay in the lines.

Sometimes you’ve got to suck it up and move on, and other times you can throw a little tantrum and follow it up with a nice drink.

Published by Mackenzie Winterowd