Grin and Bear

Winnie the Pooh taught me many things; kindness, acceptance, the propensity for depression in donkeys. A.A. Milne being of sound mind and strategy definitely managed to weave reality into the characters of the hundred acre wood to remind kids and adults alike that life is well, complicated.

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered
“Yes, Piglet?”
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.”

A suspicious piglet is my favourite piglet. Obviously i’ve fashioned myself as a bit of a misanthrope lately due to my crappy circumstances, but like Eeyore says; “Don’t worry about me, Pooh. Go and enjoy yourself. I’ll stay here and be miserable, with no presents, no cake, no candles.”

NO candles, no presents and no cake? I must say the symbolism is rampant for me at this moment, as i am currently in a situation where apparently for the greater good I must be miserable, shut-up and have no opinions, no opinions and no opinions. I’m being a bit of a suspicious piglet.

This begs the question in my mind, how much must we grin and bear till we lose our sanity or worse, the sanctity of our precious free speech is tarnished by some kind of passive, societal dictatorship; whether it be in the office, home or I don’t know, on a train. I know many times on a New York subway i’ve heard men abuse their partners out loud and had the worst urge to step in and end his tirade. Even in that moment of misery for the woman being screamed at, I had to just stay, for the greater good of the people in the train car. It’s always been hard for me not to stand up for something, I have no problem with confrontation but have become less aggressive with my approach over the years. Still, grinning and bearing is not something i do well, though writing about it helps, i also kick-box.

So what can i do? Such is life, there will be many more moments where I have to carefully choose my battles. I’m learning that your opinion is as sensitive to you as the person you inflict it upon. So speak your mind yes, but tread carefully always. Nothing is forever and with patience(*twitch) eventually I will have my presents, candles, cake and eat it too.

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