Sunday, June 3, 2012

Uncertain Tomorrows

Worried Sick...Literally:
I haven't been feeling well for the past couple of weeks.  No fever, no body aches, just an overall feeling that things weren't quite right.  Upset stomach, a few headaches, extremely tired, on the verge of get the picture. 

I was beginning to get concerned and decided that maybe it was time to call the doctor.  I was hoping he would just tell me I needed vitamins or iron.  A quick fix and I'd be on my way.  But what if it was more than that?  I've always had a vivid all kinds of what-ifs were running through my head.

The day I was going to call him, I woke in the morning with a light bulb flashing in my head.  You know, one of those things that just pop into your mind, a bright idea, a revelation of sorts.  Maybe, just maybe, it was just stress.  So I jumped online and looked up stress symptoms and there was everything I was experiencing.  Plain old stress.  Who would have thought?

The Wrap Shack
And the causes of stress...many, many causes were listed.  But one of the first listed, and the one that I knew was mine, was a life-changing event.  Well, there it was in black and white.  I have been stressing for 2 weeks over this whole idea of changing my life-style, changing jobs, and starting a business with my daughter.  The concession business, the food cart life, and at my age becoming what is essentially a "carnie".

My niece did this for years.  In fact, she raised her four children behind the counter of a carnival game stand.  And she loved it!  They all did.  The kids are still at it today.  And I know I will love it too.  If I can just get pass the stressful beginning.  But now the ducks are all falling in a row, so to speak. 

Storage truck goes with it!
 So I gave myself a pep talk, shook myself off, decided it wasn't going to get the best of me, it was all working out right...and guess what?  I already feel better.  Stomach upsets?  Gone!  Headaches?  Gone!  Tiredness?  Almost gone. (after all I am still old)  Oh, yea, and no more tears.  I think what helped make me stop stressing was actually going to a show with the present owners of the food stand we're buying.  We watched them set up inside and out and we know we can do it.  We even were able to jump in and take care of a few early customers.  And you know what?  I was right.  We loved it!

The owners have volunteered to help us through our first 2 to 3 shows till we feel comfortable...and that's a big plus.  We'll need their expertise.  So we're getting ready.

And in 3 weeks we'll do our first show.  Wish us luck!!!  :)

Quotes of the Day:
Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. ~ Hans Selye

You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway. ~ Steve Maraboli

In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back. ~ Charlie Brown


Tari said...

I am soooooo happy for you guys!!! And how wonderful that they are going to stick with you for the 1st couple shows. How ironic that as I wean myself out of the business after 30 years you now get into Altho, Bruce and the kids are still very active with it every chance they get! As a matter of fact. Bruce has a one day show Saturday and the kids left for Tennessee this morning to work Bonnaroo Music Festival. I just couldn't be more excited for you. I think you will love it!!!

Karen said...

Thank you so much. I've thought of you often as I've been struggling with this. Maybe we can talk sometime and you can give me some hints on how to survive the We both like the idea of 2 and 3 day shows better than committing for a whole week of 12 hr. days of fairs. But we'll see. Thanks again, Tari, for the support!