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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.