I managed to run a bit during the Thanksgiving break. Since I didn’t have to work, I managed to run outside a lot. Since I don’t listen to music when I’m running outside (only when I’m in a race!), my thoughts were darting here, there, and everywhere. Here are the ones I remembered when I got back home:
Why must we edit classics like ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas or It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown so that they are politically correct? Are we really being sensitive and inclusive by doing this? Or are we simply re-writing history a la Orwell’s 1984?
Why do people blow their noses at the table? Don’t they realize that it’s gross and disgusting to people who are eating?
Why are minority groups allowed to use racial slurs on one another but if another racial group uses the same word, it’s bad?
Why do dictionaries define words using the root word itself? Example: discretionary – subject or left to one’s own discretion (dictionary.com) At least the website gives a clickable link to “discretion” but would it really kill the writers to define discretionary as “subject or left to one’s own freedom of judgment or choice”?
Why do people tell you that you look great when you know you look like a sausage?
As I was running on Sunday, my first run since the NWM26.2, my mind started wandering. Thoughts just popped into my head and instead of puzzling over them and trying to find an answer, I just let the thoughts come and go. Sort of like when you’re meditating and when a thought comes, you acknowledge it and let it go.
I didn’t want to completely let them go, though, so I thought I would jot down some of these questions each week. And if I ever come up with an answer to any of these questions, I’ll write about it.
In no particular order:
Why do guys wear their pants underneath their buttocks? Why don’t they just walk around in their boxer shorts?
Why do guys – and girls – wear baseball caps indoors? Even worse, why do they wear baseball caps – or any hat – while they are eating?
Why do guys – and girls – not take their hats off when the national anthem is being played or sung?
Why do men – especially old, white men – have so much power over women’s reproductive rights?
Why do naps feel so wonderful? And why did we stop taking naps in kindergarten?
Why cats only want to cuddle when you’re trying to read?
Why do people insist on multi-tasking even though it’s been proven to be less productive?
Why do people think they can text and drive at the same time?
Why does a run feel so easy one day but so difficult another day?
Why are reality shows guilty pleasures? Why feel guilty about watching something you enjoy?
If you’re not scared by this peek inside my running mind, check back in coming weeks for more.