The seemingly easiest thing to do was just to keep it straight and together.
The stem of the wine glass fit perfectly between my thighs as I lounged on the couch.
Let’s be honest: I have thick legs. Nature’s wine glass holder, amirite?!
A balancing act fit for a queen that has deemed her couch her throne this Thursday evening. 👑👑👑
Let’s be honest again, I’m not only talking about my glass of wine.
I’m also talking about LIFE.
The liquid of the gods (ahem, “wine”) resided in the wine glass between my thighs. This wine glass says “Hello Sunshine” on it.
I smile every time I look at it.
I raised my glass to my lips, took a sip and placed it gracefully back into nature’s wine glass holder.
The glass immediately fell forward and spilled on my couch.
For a fraction of a second, I contemplated if I should get a towel or just let it soak into the couch. 🤷♀️
Let the wine become one with the couch. Let the wine become one with me.
My mom would kill me if she knew I even thought about this! The spilled wine started to form into the shape of her face. Like how some people see Yoda on toast.
I jumped up, got a towel and praised to the universe that I was drinking white wine and not red wine.
I guess I need a refill now. Thank goodness this box of wine was on sale at the grocery store.
My wine stain mom was all soaked up now. No trace of it except maybe a faint aroma of the wine.
Maybe that was just the newly poured glass I had in my hand. #winning
Forget nature’s wine glass holder for now; I’ll just pull the coffee table closer to the couch.
Not much I could have done to prevent my wine glass from tipping over. 🤷♀️
I put my trust into nature’s wine glass holder and it doesn’t work all the time, causing a spill.
A stain on my throne and on me.
I mean, a temporary stain on my throne and on me.
There was a way to clean it up and a way to refill my glass of wine and I found another option to store my wine glass while I lounged on my throne.
Think of life as that glass of wine and that throne.
It’s wine, Pete… It’s wine. (That is the bassist and front man for Fall Out Boy, if you live under a rock and didn’t know).
Sure, nature’s wine glass holder was not 100% effective. . .
That does not mean I gave up, let the stain soak in and never drank wine again.
Life is not easy. Keeping my wine glass straight was not easy. Disaster is bound to strike.
Balancing relationships, friendships, family, finances, a career or job, physical and mental health… and everything in between… Life is simply NOT easy.
I cleaned it up. I poured another glass. I found another way.
Just because one thing does not work out, does not mean you need to give up completely.
Don’t let an accident forever destroy your throne or take away your glass of wine.
Trust the process. Trust yourself.
You are in control. So, take control.
What if I was out of wine?
Hello, there is a gas station across the street. #FiveDollarWine #EmergencyWine
What if I did not have a towel?
I have a dirty clothes laundry basket full of t-shirts waiting to be made more dirty.
Live your life so that you enjoy it. Be lenient on yourself when you make mistakes, learn and grow.
Listen to me: be kind to yourself, as you should be kind to others.
Just like my towel soaked up the spilled wine from my throne, you must soak up life lessons. Experiences. Wisdom. Love.
If I gave up after every heartache or every time I made a mistake and fucked up or every time my father let me down or every time I stressed over money or relationships, then I would not be as strong as I currently am.
If I allowed every terrible thing that has happened to me to harden my heart, I would be so unhappy…
This life and this world offers so much. Go find it. Do not be distracted by a spilled glass of wine when there are countless vineyards ready to yield more wine than you can even imagine drinking.
Emotions are scary if you do not recognize why we have them. Over a spilled glass of wine… Your emotions will be different from others in the same situation.
This is because we are all from different backgrounds, cultures, families, friends, beliefs. We have all learn differently.
We have emotions as indicators to help us know what is going on around us and what is happening to us and to others.
Recognizing, acknowledging and growing with these emotions is such a revolutionary act in this digital age. Realizing they are temporary…
Being aware, understanding and accepting of not only your own emotions but other’s emotions is the most positive thing that I have learned.
Learn. Grow. Keep going. We need you here. Don’t give up.
Do not allow your throne to remain stained.
Do not allow your wine glass to remain empty.
Be good to yourself.
Your favorite wine-o and lover of life,
P.S. I know the metaphor of a spilled wine glass vs life is simplistic. I lost my only uncle to suicide in 2007. I have lost friends to suicide. There are ways to overcome heartache, tragedy, pain. Please, take the time to learn and grow. You can and will be strong enough. Pay attention to you and your friends and loved ones. Listen for those who need help and help them. Help yourself. If you or someone you know is struggling, please get help. You are not alone. Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) to be connected to a trained counselor at a suicide crisis center nearest you.
P.P.S. I actually have literally spilled my wine more times using nature’s wine glass holder method than I care to admit… LOL.