Rule No 6

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. No, no, that can’t be right. Why would that be Rule No 6?

Hang on, was it that thing about leaving my cheese alone and who moved it?  Maybe it was that guy who said “don’t sweat the small stuff? I never understood. How can everything be the small stuff? A whole planet full of itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny…

So what is Rule No 6? Does it have to do with what Simon & Garfunkel sang? There must be 50 ways to leave your lover. Always wondered how many ways you had to try before it worked. I never tried to leave my lover, although I did fancy hopping on a bus occasionally.

Don’t confuse me with the small stuff because some things are defo bigger than others. Two things are big for me.  First, there’s freedom. That’s a big one, for sure.  Then there’s death. Ooh, should we talk about that? Before we actually die, I mean?

Who knows? That human being with whom I shared a lifetime; we talked a lot about freedom right from the get-go, until just before she actually did die. But by then, of course, it was more about love. Love is all you need. Oh yeah, and freedom.

Being ill, as she was, and out of the great love of her good heart, she gave me my freedom years ago. I have chosen now — now that she is dead — to exercise that freedom. It is a freedom that makes me run with joy.

From an original photo by Alberto Cortez, 2017.

And Rule No 6?

Rule No 6 might be the anticlimactic “Always carry a plastic bottle of water with you” – or, more likely, it is something Seth Godin came up with, and is jolly good advice, and (health improvement warning) can lead to feeling liberated.

Seth Godin’s Rule No 6 states: “Don’t take yourself too seriously.”

At least you can be glad it is not “Freedom comes in sweaty packages”. The latter is true, but it is not Rule No 6.

©2017 Allison Wright

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