I have recently been asking that question to myself, because life has been really, really good, to say the least. Those moments where it seems like (almost) everything is going your way. Someone loves you and that person lets you love them back. Isn’t that what we’re all chasing after in life?
Then there are other moments of stupidity where you legitimately wonder how you ended up in the predicament you are in. I find myself asking the same question, albeit in a completely different context – “Is this real life? Did I just lose my girlfriend’s Christmas gift IN her apartment?”
Yes, sadly that really happened. I lost my girlfriend’s Christmas gift.
I told her that if she found it, she didn’t have to wait for me to wrap it, and that I accidentally gave it to her. But neither of us has found it and this is turning into a really early version of a bad easter egg hunt.
You would think that placing such a precious piece in one place would be the safest bet, but you’d be wrong. I probably should have had it in my pocket the whole weekend, never allowing myself to be separated from it. Even better would be to place it in a briefcase under lock and key while handcuffing it to my wrist, like in those old mob movies. Hell, I kept better track of my cell phone this weekend than her gift! What is this world coming to? (More on that later…)
Ordinarily, I don’t lose things. I’ve never lost a wallet, misplaced money, lost a cell phone, or lost keys. I think the only things I’ve lost during the course of the last five years are a shower scrubber and two chapsticks. Sidebar: I’ve also completely finished two chapsticks in the last five years. #winning
But the real reason I fret over losing her gift is imagining what it would be like to lose her engagement ring. I can only imagine what it feel like losing the single most expensive piece of jewelry a man will [probably] ever purchase in his lifetime for the [hopefully] only woman in his life.
I am blessed beyond measure and even as non-materialistic as I might like to imagine myself to be, I am still quite prone to the pitfalls of the [commercial] spirit of the season. Losing that gift has helped me to truly discover that gifts really don’t matter as much as being with the one(s) you love.
Merry Christmas, everyone!