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What do you do when you can’t make your old life go away fast enough.

What do you do when you can’t make your old life go away fast enough.

Are you haunted by the life that you’re trying to be rid of?

When will it go away? It’s like a bad commercial that just keeps showing up. Or that stranger in the supermarket you keep noticing.

For me, the sign came to me in … a WordPress error message on a client site. I’ll paste it here, but I’m going to cringe a little when I see it. You might want to shield your eyes. You won’t be able to un-see this.

Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /home/content/p3pnexwpnas03_data03/38/2299738/html/wp-includes/rewrite.php:1) in /home/content/p3pnexwpnas03_data03/38/2299738/html/wp-includes/pluggable.php on line 1228

I know that someday I will never see such scary lines of error code, but they still haunt me. I can almost feel the hairy tentacles reaching out of the screen to taunt me.

Ha ha, that’s funny. So, really, how do I make it go away?

I don’t know. I suppose it’s going away slowly, but I’m impatient. I’m persistent in my denial of its current existence, that’s helpful. I don’t talk about it, I don’t bring it up, if someone else does, I comment kindly but don’t elaborate. It’s not that I’m avoiding it or, well, scared of it, but I’m just not allowing it to be part of who I am today.

But it’s not going away as fast as I would like it to.

Aha, I know the answer. It was just whispered to me. Maybe by the creature with the eyes in the photo I found.

  1. Patience.
  2. Persistence.
  3. Perseverance.

P.S. Hmm, that seems to be the answer to everything lately. 

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I don’t like to call them excuses. They’re priorities. With a handful of exceptions, we usually have a choice in our actions. They just need to be prioritized.


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