Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tornado Season

We're halfway through the week and I'm just ready for a scorching hot weekend....not really, I hate it when I'm sitting still and sweating...it seems like such a waste. Either way, it would be a nice break from all this tornadic activity.  In regards to weather, living in Oklahoma has always been unpredictable.  Tornado season would have to be the worst since tornadoes are unpredictable by nature.  I remember when we first moved here, my dad would be at work, so my mom, me, and my brother would all pile into the bathroom with pillows and blankets and just hang out.  There really isn't much you can do when you think a tornado might be making an appearance.  I can honestly say I have never been worried, but when I saw the damage in Joplin I began feeling uneasy.  Maybe it's because I have a child of my own now...maybe it's because I saw whole neighborhoods gone...houses leveled...or maybe it was hearing how many kids had gone missing...all I know is hanging out in the bathroom or under the staircase closet didn't make me feel safe anymore.

All Pictures from Oklahoma
I am thankful the storm came and went without leaving any damage, but  I know many were not as lucky.  To lose all your possessions in 15 seconds has to be traumatizing.  Matt and I were in Joplin a couple of years ago to see Tony Bennett in concert and the town looked just like ours, so when I saw photos I thought how that could easily have been our town demolished. 

I just goes to show you tomorrow is never promised, so live the life you have today.  Anything could happen, so why do we consume ourselves with petty things?  Why do we take so much pride and joy in material posessions that could be gone in an instant?  Why do we delay life because we're so consumed with the here and now?  I think we have a tendency to see something like this and say, "Wow thats awful, but that won't happen to us..."  You never know though...maybe you won't be struck by a maneating tornado, but don't be so careless with your life...you only have the one, so just appreciate it. 

There isn't much in my house I would care to save.  When we were packing our "just in case" bag, I did pack my camera and external hardrive...not because they are monetarily valuable, but because they hold my memories.  I know my brain does the same, but what can I say, I love capturing moments...even that though, my camera can be replaced.  Besides that, as long as I had my husband, son, and 2 dogs I would be grateful.  Clothes, furniture, food can all be replaced. 

Random Side Note: Being Too Nice:

I've been teased that I'm TOO nice.  Don't over extend yourself some have said.  Toughen up others have said.  "You can say no."  You're right, I can say no and if I wanted to say no, I would.  I enjoy being nice...I would rather be nice than not.  If I feel I'm being taken advantage of, I distance myself, simple as that.  I came across this quote awhile back and it said, "Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."  Maybe being nice to someone is the highlight of their day.  I guess what I am trying to say is life is too short to be self involved.  I think some times people are so consumed with their own thoughts and problems, they forget to ask those around them how they are doing.  So, be tough when you have to be, but be nice the rest of the time.  Sound like a plan?  :) 


 

1 comment:

AmyLee said...

oh man, all that tornado stuff is just awful to watch... i hope you guys stay safe!

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