Today I read an article about how to prevent being attacked by someone with pepper spray. The article did not give any solutions to this problem, nor did it give any suggestions other than for you to look out for strange acting people. Have you been to the mall yet this year? Everyone is a strange acting person. People walking past talking to Bluetooth things in their ears, no one paying attention at all while they are texting and walking. We stopped paying attention as a society.
This made me wonder. If someone approached me with pepper spray what would I do? Well, first and foremost I would probably start screaming my head off and swinging my purse; and if you know me, I carry everything including the kitchen sink so watch out. The second thing I would do is hit the ground. Curled into a ball on the ground you are dead weight.
Of course if I was a superhero, things would be different. First, I would have a cape. A short cape, not one that would get caught in things — a lesson I learned from The Incredibles. Next, I would have a really cool sword that only worked when I held it. That makes it extra safe. I would also have a bullet-proof flying car that was invisible unless I needed it. Makes parking a non-issue. Furthermore I would surround myself with a great group of friends with complementary powers but nothing too similar. Different is good.
It’s okay to think outside the box. There are no rules in the universe that state that you must conform. Why bother? The older I get the more this seems evident. The artists and the musicians that go above and beyond are the ones we remember. Look at Walt Disney. His imagination was unbelievable and thank goodness for it!
This new year I want to you pledge to be different. Have some fun. Make someone smile. It can’t hurt!
Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.