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  • Writer's pictureJulie Y Barris

When You Try To Have Your Cake And Eat It Too...

It's Moody Wednesday...

Yay! It's New Year's Eve! The crappy, sad, covid-infested 2022 is finally beyond us. While your significant other is jolly as a clam getting ready to go party the night away, your butt is secretly missing the couch. Bad habit. It took you two whole years to finally accept this "new" lifestyle of not going anywhere — even on special occasions — and it's to a point where you've become wholly taken with it. You already convinced your partner to stay home during Christmas, and now a New Year's party is upon you, you can think of nothing but negatives. Nobody says you can't have a cake and eat it too... right? After all, you can't be the only one who's still skeptical about hanging out with a large group of people. Okay, this is going to work, you think confidently. So you go and propose something to them: "Hey love, can we stay home tonight too?" Your sweetie has just got done putting on their new pair of boots. As soon as they hear what you said, their face turns sour. In fact, they sort of knew that was coming when you haven't left your couch once since noon. "So, you are saying you don't want to go?" they ask you; to which you respond with a soft, puppy nod. Then, they go on to vent, "So you don't want to go but you are telling me NOW after I'm all dressed and ready to leave." "Well..." "PLUS you already got yours for Christmas, New Year's Eve I get to do it my way." "Hey, that's not agreed upon." Shut up, shut up now... once again you think to yourself, this time without much confidence as you know you are being a selfish, unreasonable jerk. As your partner's sour face turns even more purple, suddenly you remember reading something on Moody Melon. If you are scared of change, don't be; because life will periodically toss you a couple of lemons, you just need to make sure you are well-equipped to make lemonade. Going along with their suggestion, you proceed to get dressed quickly. Meanwhile, you tell your sweetie, "Hey love, I am altering my deal — I'm going to the party with you." They look at you oddly for a second, wondering, "What deal?" You thereby continue, "It's a dress-up party right? I'm going to wear my Darth Vader helmet. That way, even though I look as clumsy as I am stupid, I have full control of my fear. Let this be a day long remembered huh? I just need to be careful not to choke on my respirator..." Your partner, a die-hard Star Wars fan, pauses a moment to let your ridiculous comeback sink in, could not hold back their laughter any longer. You know changes are coming, you weren't ready for them before but you are now, thanks to Moody Melon. Even though a week later you both test positive for covid, you are glad that you've stepped out of your comfort bubble and crossed over to the other (dark?) side. When you wouldn't leave your couch a week ago, you were but a scaredy hermit. Now you are the master of your own fate.

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Julie Y. Barris

Founder | Chief Editor | Advice Guru of Moody Melon Magazine

I am an author, artist, entrepreneur, and a graphic designer with a unique vision to contribute to the world one idea at a time. Besides creating and inventing things, I’m also fascinated by the human mind. I enjoy helping others help themselves by giving them advice on family and relationship matters.


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