I posted this on Instagram a little while ago – someone asked me what I was doing, and I replied I was wondering if I should change this uneven picture situation, or if I should let it go.
I let it go.
The overwhelming majority of people who responded were like “oh my EYES” and “make it STOP” and “I couldn’t live with that”. I was advised to change it.
And you know what? I understand. I used to be like that. Driven crazy by slightly uneven pictures, books not in height order, cushions akimbo and (horror of HORRORS), errors in grammar.
One day, I stopped thinking things were such a big deal. So what if the picture is crooked? If my eye is drawn to it every time I see it and it bugs me, I’ll fix it. Otherwise I live with it. I long ago stopped caring about other people’s grammatical goofs because it’s not really that important to be the person who points it out (kindly or otherwise), and if they’ve made themselves understood, then they’re communicating. So what if they’re not au fait with oxford commas? They are probably excellent at pole vaulting or car mechanics or knitting. English is my thing, it’s probably not theirs. I can’t pole vault to save myself.
I can’t remember why I stopped sweating the small stuff, but boy am I glad I did. They say ignorance is bliss, and it’s true. If my blood pressure isn’t rising every single time I see something slightly off in the world, then I’m spending that time having a good time. My mum used to get crazy if the tablecloth was crooked. She’d spend all night tugging on it just so. I say have another beer. Ignore it. Party on. (the bonus of having another beer is that the pattern will probably look straight eventually).
So I’m curious – are you a stickler for fixing things that are out of whack? Are you a bit of a “meh” like me? Have you always been like that or did you grow into it? Do you think I’m lazy for not caring about the minor details unless they bother me? TELL ME EVERYTHING!