isn’t this supposed to be fun?

I can’t cut my nails. Fingers or toes, they’re a two-handed job that are beyond me.

So, I go and have a mani/pedi.

Which sounds great, used to be a treat, a moment to pamper myself.

But like anything, when it becomes a necessity some of the joy gets sucked out it.

I really thought about it this week, as another person was dealing with my non-working body parts, that there are too many things in our lives that become joyless because we no longer feel like we have an option NOT to do them.

Maybe it’s cooking a meal. Maybe it’s folding laundry. Heck, maybe it’s sex. For me, it was nails.

My daughter got her nails done while I was getting mine done. We chattered and she grinned from ear to ear when she saw her patterned nails.

THAT gave me joy.

I borrowed her enthusiasm for a now-routine-and-required trip to the salon.

That’s my new challenge. To find the reason to be happy for the ordinary. Let tedious be extraordinary.

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5 Responses to isn’t this supposed to be fun?

  1. Nina January 8, 2014 at 10:46 AM #

    I just had my first pedicure….. arthritis and too fat to bend to reach my toes. I just picked a place at random. No one there spoke english and they yelled at each other. It wasn’t a happy place to be and what they said would take 10 min took 2 hours. I did notice how hard these people were working. Busy every minute and bending over and all scrunched up. I didn’t much enjoy the experience but left a big tip, but focused on being encouraging and I left a big tip hoping to make someone’s day a little better even if only for a moment. It made me feel better.

  2. Elizabeth December 16, 2013 at 8:17 PM #

    I know you don’t know all of my story Anissa-but I get this! I get it so much. So glad you could borrow someone’s joy! ;)

  3. Nancy Powell December 3, 2013 at 3:26 PM #


  4. Jennifer December 3, 2013 at 9:59 AM #

    “That’s my new challenge. To find the reason to be happy for the ordinary. Let tedious be extraordinary.”

    I love this, you keep amazing me at how well you rock such a great attitude.

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  5. Jo December 3, 2013 at 9:39 AM #

    That’s a fabulous attitude to have! I can understand your frustration. Due to health problems, I can no longer do day to day things I used to…it gets very frustrating.

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