I chose the title of today’s post because:
- It’s a question, and I endorse the Socratic method (which is just a smart-sounding way of saying that I like a style of learning and teaching that involves questions and answers 1 ).
- I sometimes enjoy intentionally misleading people for a brief time, before explaining things. In this case, I’m guessing that my readers are thinking that this post is about something that it actually is NOT about. (At least, not intentionally.)
(pause, allowing you to think about all THAT)
Anyway, so what IS this post about? What else do I want to say about the title?
The inspiration for this post was my waking up this morning, realizing that my trip to Panama is about two weeks away, and …
… noticing that I am not filled with dread.
Right now, I am carefully checking my dread level, to see how much dread there actually is. I’m imagining a gauge, like this:
And …. I’ve got nothing.
So, while the Dread Gauge above, would indicate being full of dread, or — perhaps — “dreadful”, what’s the word for being the opposite of that, which is what I am, right now?
In other words, would this gauge …..
be a pictorial representation of being “dreadless”?
Well, my dear readers, you’re probably noticing that I’m playing around with words right now. And why? Is this avoidance, of something important?
And what does it mean that I want to keep playing with that word “dreadless”? Well, it could just be a reflection of the fact that I made that word up, so I’m naturally imagining different definitions, like this:
(Note: The above video is thanks to Boost467 and contains language meant for “mature audiences.”)
Well, I’m not sure if I’m avoiding something. Maybe I’m just having fun. But I do know that I DID want to go other places, in this post, including:
- I wanted to give myself credit for making progress. That is, I was feeling more dread during the two weeks prior to my last trip, to London. (Check out these posts here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here — written during that two-week period.) (In some of those posts, the dread is more obvious than others. But it’s there. I know.)
- I wanted to think about what’s been helping, in making me dreadless, today.
What’s different about my upcoming trip? A few things I can think of, including:
- This time, I’m traveling with another adult, who is helping with the planning.
- Since my last trip, I have completed my last will and testament.
- For whatever reasons, I am more at peace with my own mortality.
What else has been helping me be dreadless? I’m not sure, but my best guess is the big two, according to Sigmund Freud: 3
Okay! This post is now the opposite of endless.
Thanks to Sigmund Freud, Busta Rhymes, those who dread flying, people who dread death, and — of course! — to you, for reading today.
- Here’s a video (posted by dieterwanke) of one of my favorite tunes — “Question and Answer” by Pat Metheny, whom I’ve written about, here, here, here, here, and here. It doesn’t include the complete performance, but I’m choosing this because it also features Michael Brecker, one of my favorite sax players, may he rest in peace.
Yes, this is another number 1. Yes, I know I already had a footnote #1, above. However, no matter how I try to fix this, WordPress insists on re-starting the footnote count. And yes, I’ve tried EVERYTHING to fix this (although, as George Carlin might say, “apparently not”). So, for now, I’m going along with this WordPress glitch. What did I originally want to say in this footnote? Two things: (1) I’m still thinking of car-related metaphors a lot. Am I driving too much? (2) I found that image here.
I found that image here, at a place for free stock images. Good to know.
Perhaps you thought this footnote would include data supporting this. It doesn’t. It’s dataless.