#73 Coffee – ‘Papering Over The Cracks’

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So there you go, you blow up the balloon – I typically go for pink or blue – and then tie the knot. Once tied, you take the ripped up newspaper and apply it to the balloon with some PVA glue. Voilá! You have yourself a papier-mâché balloon. Or a great metaphor for how to get through a potentially stressful social engagement.

In the modern world we take a variety of drugs and remedies to make us feel better. Whether it is alcohol to make us enjoy what in a reality would be a terrible evening, sugar in the form of a birthday cake to prevent an inevitable existential crisis, or coffee to prop ourselves up enough to convince other humans we are in fact capable adults. We just love using drugs to hide what we really feel*.

They save us, and they do it regularly. There is a truth we cannot avoid however, and that is diminishing returns. Take any drug long enough and it shifts from a saviour to a master. With foresight and will power* though you can negotiate this tight rope and become a fully fledged functioning drug addict*.

Today I’m just putting the finishing touches on my papier-mâché balloon, and the glue is setting.  I’ve had a tough few days and I haven’t had a lot of sleep, but there is a social engagement tonight, and I need to attend. I have a balloon like interior but with a bit of coffee here and a bit of alcohol there I think I might just be able to pull this off.

The best thing about this metaphor is that even if someone brings a nice big pin tonight and inadvertently pops me, my papier-mâché exterior will remain in tact, meaning I still look like a ballon. And we all know in society that as long as we look ok, we are ok.

So there we have it, I think I am good today, or at least I feel good, but I suspect I am just papering over the cracks with copious amounts of coffee. Either way, I feel like a fully inflated balloon, I just hope I stay inflated long enough to get through this evening.


*Probably related to a fact in some way.

*Not always included.

*Only talking about legal socially acceptable drugs. 



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  1. Joonas Kopponen

    Hey there! 🙂 Been a while. I have been having a tough time but back now, not as much as before but going to be here more regularly reading stuff and writing. 🙂 Hope you will have time to read my new post.

    I really like this new post of yours, includes many important topics and what is wrong with the modern way of coping or ‘being ok’. Great work again. I wish you strenght for your evening! Typically I would wish I could share some of mine but I am in very fragile state and still badly sick so I’ll hang on to all I have right now. 🙂 Take care!

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      1. Joonas Kopponen

        Your words warm my heart and hasten my recovery. 🙂 Nice to be back and looking forward to reading posts here again more as well as writing. You have soooooo many new ones it’s going to take a while to read through. Could do on one sitting bit I want to read them ‘with a feeling’. 🙂

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          1. Joonas Kopponen

            Oh no keep them coming, they are here for all internety for me to read anyway! 🙂 I will have time to read. Happy to hear you are! Was freeing to write again and publish it. By the way, could you provide a link for the post regarding reason behind the making of the quote posts? For some weird reason I can’t find it.


      1. S. Hansen

        Damn that’s some real dedication she must have. Don’t think I could stick to a vegetarian diet much less a vegan diet.
        Honestly though I always have potatoes a plenty. I mean you can boil em, mash em, stick em in a stew…

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          1. S. Hansen

            Swiss army knife is an excellent metaphor for it. The only sad thing about potatoes is apparently they don’t count as one of your five/seven/ten a day… if it’s a main ingredient in a potato salad… a salad! Why the heck isn’t it good for me?

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          2. S. Hansen

            Haha. I feel as though I should check up whether these Runts I’m eating are really fruit. Mean they are shaped like fruit, they are fruit flavoured… but they also taste like sherbet so…

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  2. Audrey Jones

    Nice design changes Mindfump! And I am heading over to Facebook to follow your page. Great article too, particularly the idea where ‘the saviour can become the master’.

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  3. Rebecca

    I hope no one popped your balloon Mindfump!! I too stay upright with coffee….. lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of coffee (which also makes me write in this fashion….).

    Great metaphor.

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    1. Mindfump

      My balloon is well intact! it ended up being a lovely evening. I’ve been on loads of coffee again today so maybe its just more of the same. Who knows, who cares?? Keep sippin those coffees. And thank you as ever 🙂

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