Second chances and magic mushrooms

I haven’t been reading much lately.

Partly it’s timing. Partly it’s being busy. Mostly it’s because I play a lot on social media.

So due to a few factors, mostly the lack of data at my new place right now, I read a book.

I buy books all the time. This particular book is one of my latest purchases from The Book Depository website. Looking for Christmas presents, I spotted a couple of books that piqued my interest.

One included a graphic novel by Byran Lee O’Malley called Seconds. I couldn’t see the cover because of browser issues however the premise sounded intriguing enough for me to spend my bucks and wait for it to arrive.

It’s about a chef called Katie whose good life goes a little awry and she needed a second chance. That’s where a mysterious girl appears in the middle of the night with instructions for said second chance –

  1. Write your mistake
  2. Ingest one mushroom
  3. Go to sleep
  4. Wake anew

So of course that’s just what Katie does, discovers the addictive desire to make things perfect and suffers the consequences.

I won’t spoil the story – the book is a quick and uncomplicated read – but it’s great story for the lesson it teaches:

People make mistakes and there is no way to go back and change it without affecting other outcomes. So in the end, you need to accept that you stuffed up, make the amends you need to and move on.

I thought it was interesting that the book arrived at the beginning of this week when I had picked it for no real reason a couple of weeks ago.

I’m all for recognising messages from the Universe.

And I relate to this story because there is no perfect life.

There are mistakes and dealing with the consequences. But also, there is recognising that my life is actually very good most of the time, just like Katie’s, but that you can focus on a couple of things going wrong and derail everything trying to just make those things right.

In the end (just like in the book) things will work out as they were meant to. Even if they don’t work out exactly as you pictured.

In fact, it’s a well worn cliché to say that things often end up far better than you could have ever imagined.

Wishing you all the happiness the Universe can bring
A person

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