Rule of three’s.
For a theatre person, it’s all about comedy. Do something funny three times and bam, the audience will go wild.
But it’s also a wise tale of “bad things come in three’s”. I’ve never believed in it.
Until this week.
First up, whirlwind romance ends…badly.
Six weeks. A six week romance.
I actually sent a text to my best friend that said “Mark my words, I am going to marry this woman.”
I said that…after a month.
I was doing the lesbian happy dance.
(There isn’t a dance, I made that up.)
I wasn’t packing my u-haul but I was imagining how I might pack it someday.
It was a roller coaster six week romance where I allowed myself…pretty much for the first time since 1992, to imagine spending my life with someone. I decorated my Christmas tree thinking, “maybe I won’t do this alone next year”. I imagined vacations, long walks, music, dancing, laughing, dreaming, loving, and of course, lots and lots of sexy time. Everything about her was perfect. I imagined myself finding the love of my life.
Blah. Yeah, I know.
I know. My eyes hurt from rolling them so hard at myself.
Keep shaking your head at me….I get it. I am an idiot.
So it ended, badly. But I kept getting up everyday, going for runs, working my ass off, loving my kids, feeding my dogs, paying my bills, buying ten different kinds of nails at every store in town to hang my Christmas wreath on the brick fireplace. (I need to insert here that I successfully hung that wreath and it’s super pretty.)
I was sad, but my badass self kept right on fucking going.
Because that’s what I do. If I am anything, I am resilient.
Then number #2…the completely insane family news. The kind of news that you ask your family to sit down because you “have some news, so you BETTER SIT DOWN”. I mean, seriously…it’s so not ok…this shitty ass I can’t blog about but it’s really shitty can’t wrap your brain around it kind of news.
That’s all I have to say about that.
But mark my words, oh fabulous three blog followers…I kept right on marching. With that stupid piece of shit news in my head. I kept going, and going, and going. I even said this morning on my run to #AmazingRunningPartner something ridiculous like, “I just don’t have all these ups and downs anymore. I just can’t do it. I really want a happy life. I rarely feel depressed to the point where I can’t function anymore.”
Today was a busy day…big event at work…so many volunteers and so much responsibility on my shoulders. Off I went, like the little energizer bunny that I am.
Then the phone rang. I ignored it. Step-mom, no… too busy right now.
The texts start rolling in:
“Your dad had to be taken to the hospital, he’s in renal failure.”
“I don’t know anything. I just needed to tell you.”
My dad? That’s impossible. He’s young. And sassy as a mother fucker…he’s not in renal failure…he’s like a 12 year old boy…that’s insane.
But it’s a fact. A fact that exists separate from my zen philosophy of “ride the wave of the circumstances of your life…there are sad parts and happy parts and all the parts in between and you just can’t fight the feelings, you just have to let it wash over you”.
I went for a drive. I left my amazing staff in charge at the event for a little while. I sobbed and prayed in my car and lamented all the unfinished business I have with my dad.
And I thought about this:
The rule of three’s exists because human beings can only handle so much shit thrown at them. Three is kind of the max for shitty happenings.
You hear that universe? You hear that?
I am done. We are good.
Go kick someone else’s ass now. I will never underestimate you again.
Thank you for the reminder that I don’t know anything about anything. At all.
I invoke the rule of three’s.