Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh

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Do what you can, do what you can...

...task at hand, task at hand...

Had to be functional today. Work happened, which meant commuting, and which meant waking up in time enough to prepare for that. (I leave my apartment at 6:10 a.m. to make it via bus to the current job, where my shift starts at 7:00. I can leave later if I drive, but I was not going to do that today.)

Did a slow-paced job today. Was that good or bad? Good for not being too strenuous or complicated, bad for giving me time to think about the loss a friend is going through? A co-worker who's rather protective of me asked me at lunch if I was OK. "I'm OK," I said; "a friend of mine got really bad news yesterday." That was the most specific that I got. There's always that risk of making it About Yourself, or of inflicting the news on people as opposed to sharing it; most people aren't ready to be told Oh, someone special is gone, how are you? At least it's a risk with me, so I'm glad I was careful.

Trying to lighten the mood. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't. I watched Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, which I'd borrowed a few days ago from the library, because heck, even Leverage might have been too heavy for me right now. Sort of funny, but not really as funny as I hoped it'd be.

And I'm still peripheral to what happened; I cannot begin to fathom or process what my friend and his loved ones are experiencing, so close to the tragedy. All I'll add is: you love people? Tell them. Show them.

There. That's a task we all can do. And should.

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