Things I thought I couldn't live without

Things I Thought I Couldn’t Live Without (But Now Do)

By Elsie Gilmore

Humans have a habit of getting into habits. We often mindlessly continue to do something, sometimes out of sheer laziness toward investigating other options. Last year I analyzed some of these habits and discovered some very interesting things. It turns out that I was wrong about the things I thought I couldn’t live without.

The Night Guard

When I was 16, I was diagnosed with the dreaded TMJ (short for Tempero Mandibular Joint syndrome).

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The Game Begins

By Elsie Gilmore

You may have seen my post on our Facebook page about the interactive card game I’m playing throughout this year. A gift from my niece, it’s called Play It Forward, and it involves interactions with random strangers who then also get to participate in the game. (Was this a perfect gift for me or what?)

The first card I decided to play seemed like an easy one. It was not.

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Addicted to comfort

By Elsie Gilmore

This morning, I got an email from Indiegogo. It’s their regularly scheduled email filled with the latest and greatest campaigns people are raising money for. As I scrolled down the list of fabulous gadgets, I was reminded that people have become addicted to comfort.

The first item I noticed was a key chain.

Addicted to comfort

As its Indiegogo page indicates, it is a “slim, elegant, tension adjustable key organiser that transforms your keys into a neat and organised stack.”

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Lightness of minimalism

Bearable Lightness

By Elsie Gilmore

I just finished reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, and WOW! There was so much in those pages I could relate to. The book is mostly about relationships and the accompanying burdens. The people in the story who got out of serous relationships experienced the greatest feeling of lightness. They no longer felt they were responsible for someone’s well-being and feelings. They had the freedom to be themselves.

On a broader scale,

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Taking social risk

Taking social risks

By Elsie Gilmore

Many things I do are cause for great consternation among my family members. For example going to Europe by myself for several months, voluntarily giving up owning a car for several years and online dating.

I have always loved people, and I have never been afraid of taking social risks or interacting with people I don’t know.

Early on, I had decided to go to the Democratic National Convention to participate in protests as a Bernie Sanders supporter.

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Florida bugs

Florida Bugs

By Elsie Gilmore

Before I moved to Florida, my northern friends always told me they would never move to Florida because of the bugs. I moved down more than a decade ago, and while I’ve dealt with my share of critters, I never felt overwhelmed by them… until this year.

In the past, I’ve dealt with your average crazy ant infestation, fire ants in the yard, an occasional Palmetto bug (aka cockroach), run-of-the-mill spiders and even black widows (which generally stay out of your way).

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We need nature

We need nature more than nature needs us

By Elsie Gilmore

How we benefit both economically and intrinsically from the presence of and our interactions with nature.

One of my favorite sounds in the whole wide world is the sound of bird calls. The bird call that makes me happiest of all is the call of the Barred Owl. When I lived up north, I would lay in bed and hear the Barred Owl. Try as I might, it was impossible to hear this call without a smile spreading across my lips.

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The stress of modern life

The stress of modern life

By Elsie Gilmore

How I got gastritis is no mystery. I’ve been a chronic headache suffering my whole life, and they’ve gotten worse since I turned 40. In fact, 2015 was the worst year on record for my headaches. In September of last year, I had 13 headaches days – almost half the month. These headaches don’t just annoy me; they often require me to stay in bed half or occasionally all of the day.

When you have chronic headaches,

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Living a meaningful life

A Meaningful Life

By Elsie Gilmore

There are many different things that motivate people in their life. Whatever motivates you is what you will spend the most time and energy pursuing. Some people want to make money. Some people want to have a family. Some people want to advance in their career. Some people want to save money for retirement while foregoing immediate rewards.

I want to live a meaningful life.

There is nothing wrong with any of those other things.

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