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My Painfully Embarrassing Journey Three Weeks After Major Surgery to Break My Jaw

Having your jaw broken and wired shut sucks.

I’ve been force-feeding myself liquids through a syringe and spilling all over myself like a toddler…

I can’t communicate with anyone clearly, except by writing everything I have to say on a paper notebook that I carry with me everywhere I go…

And the people at McDonald’s obviously think I’m not only a mute, but that I’m also deaf because they use their fingers to tell me the milkshake is $1.95 instead of speaking to me like an adult.

It gets worse. But I’ll talk more about that later…

First, let me explain how I got here.

3 weeks ago, an oral surgeon broke my jaw on both sides of my face, moved my lower mandible backwards, and wired it shut. – Read More –

Happy Father’s Day: A Living Tribute

You know the saying “common knowledge isn’t all that common?”

Well it’s true. All too often I find myself proving this truthfulness of this statement.

For example, yesterday was Father’s Day. Common knowledge to pretty much everyone on the world wide web, right?

Well, not me.

A full week before Father’s Day, I called my dad to wish him a Happy Father’s Day. Of course, the only problem was that it wasn’t Father’s Day yet… and I was a week ahead of schedule.

“Hey, Dad! Happy Father’s Day!”

“Thanks, Rob…. but it’s not Father’s Day, buddy.”

“Oh… well, is it your birthday?”

“Nope. That’s not until next weekend too, one day before Father’s Day.”

“Oh… haha. Mom told me it was Father’s Day today!”

Of course, I blame it on Mom. – Read More –

Depression F-ing Sucks! 5 Things You Can Do RIGHT NOW to Overcome It…

Okay, depression really fucking sucks.

It’s like doing everything you can, day in and day out, just to have the chance to take a positive step in the right direction.

Every day is an accumulation of all the shitty days that came before, piled onto your back like 49 contestants from the Biggest Loser, waiting for you to take them to the finish line.

The finish line, of course, is your bed. Because you can’t wait to get away from everything and everyone and just do nothing.

The last 5 months I’ve been in and out of depression. – Read More –