You never know how you are going to react in an emergency until you have been through one.

Some people freeze.

Some people freak out.

Some people spring into action.

After the immediate emergency is over, how do you deal?

We all have different ways of dealing.

Some find humour (dark or light) can break the tension.

Sometimes a stiff drink can take the edge off.

Talking works for most.

Denial works for others.

I am usually calm during a situation but afterwords I tend to be a little punchy. Adrenalin maybe? I don’t know.

Ordering roommates who freeze at the sight of a burning pizza box to fetch water and baking soda so I can mitigate the damage leaves me punchy- the best time to go for a run (yuck) or hit some tennis balls really hard. Throwing things work too.

I am always better if I am helping someone else. While I tell others that things are going to be okay, I am also telling myself.

Things that happen to people I care about tend to leave me numb. Avoidance is my friend.

Some things happened today that I haven’t really processed yet. I just know that felt extra aggressive on the way home- though that might have had more to do with the derth of stylish receiving blankets and ridiculous hostesses at faux pubs that serve fish and chips from a box.

I just hope that what happened today is not more serious. It makes you realize how fragile we all are. Maybe it will serve as a wake-up call but I am a realist.

I am not holding my breath.


~ by angryegg on April 1, 2009.

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