December 31st, 2014

A Fishy Metaphor: December 31st, 2014

Well, this is it, folks: the very last post for 2014.  I wish I had one of those exciting late 90s style effects to insert here – you know, with the automated fireworks?  Websites used to be so fetching…and flamboyant.

Instead, I bring you a fishy metaphor.  Today I cleaned my aquarium (a task that I really, desperately need to do more frequently).  While this is cause for celebration on its own, it is not the main point of the story.  One of the exceedingly clever tricks I use when adding new water to my aquarium is to keep a bucket of old, dirty aquarium water in my second sink.  As the clean bucket fills, I gauge the temperature of the fresh water by comparing it to the old water.  I do this by putting my hands in each.  But it does not end there.* The trick is that I need to keep switching my hands back and forth because it’s the only way to detect the temperature difference between the two.  Each hand grows immediately accustomed to the temperature of the bucket it is in and it fails to register the difference from the other one.

Do not worry: still plenty of crap for you, my bottom-feeding friend.

Do not worry: still plenty of crap for you, my bottom-feeding friend.

So here is the metaphor: if you keep your hand in the dirty, icky water to which you’ve become accustomed, you’ll never be able to gauge how lovely and fresh the new water is.  We become so accustomed to our surroundings, that is, that we fail to notice how cluttered and overwhelming they really are until we stir things up a bit.

And now you see why the metaphor is not simply a fish metaphor, but a fishy metaphor: it’s kind of a stretch.  But, I think it remains (somewhat) illustrative.

Now is the time that most of us make a fresh start.  It’s the beginning of a new year, the slate has been wiped clean.  I plan to continue with the fresh start we made in November and truly gauge the state of my surroundings.

Trust me, no one wants to keep swimming around in all that crap.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Day 61 Scorecard: 305 down, 1520 to go

* And yes, I know, this is disgusting and probably will eventually cause me to contract some horrible disease which will lead to my agonizingly painful death, but it’s what I do and I’m not about to change it for you.


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