Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Living in Denial

So here's the thing that's been on my mind for the last few days:

I'm not a denier.  I don't live in denial.  A denier ( in my opinion) is someone who (figuratively) smells smoke in the night, gets up, opens the window and then goes back to bed.  They are the people who are SHOCKED that their child is busted for selling drugs--even though he's been moody, losing weight and he has a ton of cash to throw about.


I'm not one of those people.  There's nothing I can't discuss.  Seriously, sex, drugs, alcohol, pornography, incest, affairs, famine, globalization--whatever--I'm your gal.  Basically what I'm saying is that I don't have a difficult time talking about much.  So living in denial really hasn't ever been a problem for me.  

Then it occurred to me that during the last round of "Dancing With the Stars" that I had no idea who half of the contestants were.
Then it occurred to me that I don't really know why the Kardashians are famous--which, upon a couple of Google searches, I realized that no one really knows why the Kardashians are famous...and then I didn't feel so bad.

Then there's stuff like Brazilian waxing, arched eyebrows and Fifty Shades of Grey that I don't know enough about to engage in a meaningful conversation with anyone--and it occurred to me that there's a whole lot of denial in my little world.

For instance:
The only thing I know about baseball is what I learned in elementary school.
I can't tell you anything about the periodic chart of elements--and I'm o.k. with it.
I don't know how to solve a quadratic equation, and I don't care to learn.
What's the deal with bath salts?  I have some lovely lemon basil flavored ones that I use all the time and I've never ever ONCE had the urge to chew someone's face off.

Anyway, I felt bad that there are so many things that I live in denial of.
Like, I really should get that Brazilian wax...right?

On the other hand, I figure that my head is so full of 80's song lyrics that I can't be blamed for choosing to deny unimportant cultural interests that don't really effect humankind other that to elevate the already narcissistic tendencies we share collectively.  

And I'm o.k. with that.

What are you in denial about? 

22 comments:

  1. We live in the same world! I also found that i lived in denial for years with my childrens education I thought I had them in the best place they could be in las vegas and knew that education in Nevada was bad but the school they were in had all the answers with their project based learning then I moved here and cant be more grateful for the eye opener because my kids are so much better for it. So although we may be in denial about "reality" (shows) i think we know what is important and we are always willing to learn and grow whe its important

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    1. And you definitely are more clued in than I am about some things....;) xo!

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  2. I am always in denial! It is okay!!! And no one cares about the Kardashians, honestly they aren't entertaining enough to care about!
    Living in Denial, about some things, it makes the world a brighter place.

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    1. Maybe it's the only way to stay sane!

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  3. I don't think that's denial. I think it's simply steering clear of things you don't really care about. Don't we all do that, especially when it comes to the Kardashians? And, by the way, Fifty Shades of Grey: couldn't get into it. Don't get what all the hype is about.

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    1. I haven't even tried it--I heard the writing makes you want to tear your hair out and that's enough of a red flag for me...;)

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  4. Too much to even think about. If I had to face every important thing in my life I'm in denial about I would have to ask someone to put me out of my misery. I suppose that's why I keep denying so much of it. So as to not be overwhelmed by it all. It's a defense mechanism for me.

    Pitiful, isn't it?

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  5. I'm definitely in denial about my weight. I really do believe I look like a super model.

    I thought I was the only person on the planet who doesn't know who those Kardashian women are. So glad to know I'm not alone!

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    1. I totally have body dysmorphic disease--but backwards! Instead of looking in the mirror and thinking I'm fat, I look and say, "Wow! I'm working THIS!" So I TOTALLY get you, Cathy...:)

      And as far as the Kardashians go...what's there to know there? The whole thing seems like a rice cake--meaning puffy and full of air, but no substance...

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  6. This post has made me feel so NORMAL. Thank you, thank you, thank you! :-)

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    1. Anything I can do to help all of us huddled masses not feel bad about not knowing who the Kardashians are...;)

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  7. Maybe we need some kind of group, like Deniers Anonymous? :)

    Honestly, you can't know everything about everything. Or even a little about everything. Ask me something political or about the Kardashians and I'll give you a blank stare. Ask me something about books and we're good - although even I don't know everything about books... Sigh. :)

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    1. What about Kardashians Anonymous?

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  8. There are too many things to know in this world that we'll never be able to catch up. So the best decision is to accept living in denial about those things we don't know!

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  9. I am in denial that 42 is a lot closer to 50 than it is to 20! No. Kidding with the 80's song lyrics...I don't even consciously realize that I know the songs and then I am singing every word...that space could be better used!

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    1. I try not to think about how that space in my mind could be better used, it just depresses me! ;)

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  10. What I really want to know is whether you're in denial about Herbert? Is that tiny monster still terrorizing your home, or have you given in and bought a mousetrap?

    I know who the Kardashians are, from magazine covers. Took a lot for me to write that sentence. Don't judge. Train wrecks are hard to look away from.

    I am in denial about a few things, for sure... The idea that there is so much knowledge in the world that I will never be able to acquire it all... that my son will ever leave/move out... (like, ever). And, a few other items having to do with elections that makes me appear apathetic, so we won't even go there.

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    1. NOT in denial! Called an exterminator last week and haven't seen a sign of him! I'm hoping he gave up and moved on...and doesn't harbor any ill will against me and try to eat my face off in the night...because he actually may be a zombie mouse...;)

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  11. I'm in denial that I am almost 70 years old!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Of course, I am still only 45 in my mind... That's big denial!

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    1. I'm still 18 in my mind, so don't feel bad!!! And you are the most beautiful almost 70 year old I know! ;)

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