The Days You Forget to Wear Deodorant

There are some days you forget to wear deodorant

(which may or may not have happened to me recently). It happens. But the question is what you do when that moment comes. Are you going to dwell on it all day, constantly paranoid that someone is going to figure out your secret? Or are you going to decide not to let it slow you down?

Let’s face it, there are some things you can control, some you can’t, and some things that you could potentially try to control that you should really just let go of.

I suppose, if you really wanted to, depending on where you live and what your schedule is for the day, you could theoretically go out and buy some deodorant and put it on. But in most cases, the benefits of that scenario would probably be outweighed by the hassle.

I hate unpleasant surprises.

Like when my dad suddenly announced––on the day of prom and a piano competition––that I had to mow the lawn for the first time in my life. Terrible timing, dad! When huge blisters formed on both my thumbs, I had a meltdown.

“Dad, how could you do this to me?? How am I going to play piano later? And now I have to wear band aids on my hands at prom!!” I whined and cried like a little kid.

And then my dad took 17-year-old me onto his lap and comforted me…

I’d like to say that I’ve grown up a little since then and no longer throw tantrums, but I still kind of do. Just the other day, I got an email reminding me of an obligation I’d forgotten about, and my face got all pouty. Pouty enough that my 6-year-old student asked me what was wrong.

But even if I can’t necessarily control my immediate reaction to these kind of unpleasant occurrences, I am learning how to then shift my mindset. Adjust. Make a plan. Let go. It really is an invaluable life skill.

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After living in South Korea for over 7 years, Elizabeth is back in the States finding a new normal. In the tension of brokenness, resilience, and conviction, she chooses faith and depends on grace. She leans into empathy, curiosity, divine whispers, and childlike wonder.

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