Everyone is talking about being so stressed out lately. I can't help with the financial crisis, job losses, wars in foreign countries, our President throwing like a girl, global warming if it exists, or many other of the big issues today. So this is what little I can offer.
One of my old roommates when I was just out of college shared some advice with me one time to reduce stress. He was a little high-strung, and apparently this worked for him. He said just to move over to the right lane and drive the speed limit, that the few extra minutes you might get for driving faster are not worth it. Sounded like my dad, and indeed he was a little older.
But my take on that advice now... If you want to reduce some stress, move over out of my way when you're driving. That way I can't tailgate you! It'll be safer and less stressful for both of us. I'll be the one in the brown Volkswagen a few feet behind you.
But seriously, besides simple things like driving less aggressively, try putting a smile on your face when you walk into the office or grocery store or wherever you go each day. Don't let your kids' actions bother you so much, and yes they are going to break and lose toys. You did, too. Try to make all of your actions make the lives of you and your family and friends better. Don't be so pissed off about politics. Do you really hate them, or is it more their policies? Does putting down or calling a politician names do any good? Disagree respectfully. Didn't get your way with something? It's not the end of the world. Figure out a better solution or path next time. Prepare for the future. I can go on forever, but you get the point. Basically, you don't need to be a goody-two-shoes or anything, go ahead and get pissed off when the Philles blow a 4-run lead in the ninth inning, but then take a deep breath and let it go. You are not their owner or GM or manager or even a player on their team (if you are, let me know, I'm honored). That has nothing to do with your real life!
Or to relax, you might just drink a few beers. The beer I'm de-stressing with right now is Kellerweis Hefeweizen brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California. Definitely a brewery with some great beers, and I've been looking forward to this all day.
The aroma is very powerful and nice--lots of banana, cloves and some lemony citrus scents as well. The flavors are a lot of the same. Bananas and very spicy cloves accompanied by lemon and maybe a little orange. The upper-level carbonation is strong, but welcome. Enjoyable, well-balanced flavors in a light-bodied beer make for a great experience. The banana is still on my palate even after the beer is long gone. Crisp and refreshing, definitely another winner for Sierra Nevada. The wait today was worth it.
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