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Would you like to feel Whelmed?
The over/under of life's stress
Has anyone ever felt whelmed?
We can feel overwhelmed.
We can feel underwhelmed.
But like… just whelmed?
I’m sure this was a joke or line from a movie somewhere, and the internet will boomerang the citation back to me in an angry shout from the comment section. Regardless, I want to feel whelmed.
But… I don’t actually want to be whelmed because I looked it up the dictionary just now… and it kinda’ just seems like overwhelmed and whelmed are the same exact thing. 🤷♂️
past tense: whelmed; past participle: whelmed
Whether ‘over’ or just plain whelmed, I’m just tired of the pressure cooker of a million different conflicts, economic crisis, political machinations and the overall level of unprecedented-ness the last decade has been.
I’m tired, Gandalf. I feel thin. Sort of stretched like butter scraped over too much bread.1
I was thinking of 10 things I hate about you earlier (whelmed v under and over)!
I don’t think anyone really followed along with this. If you read this far, good on ya’. You are a true friend and confidant. Usually I try to think about ways to wrap up these sort of opening salvo posts (which I’m sure my brain will tie all nice and neat in a future post)2, but I got nothing for you.
I think the best I have today is that, if you are feeling whelmed in the waters of uncertainty, go with the flow. You’re not a salmon. Don’t beat yourself against the surf to make sense of this chaotic world. Just flow.
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Fellowship of the Ring FTW
Like “Ha! Remember when I wrote that weird thing. Here’s the hyper-fixated structure Rob built around that to keep the dinosaurs from escaping the park!”