Recall the Marvelous Moods of Meg? Sometimes they are chemical. Sometimes they are triggered by breaking up with a nice guy who loves you but does not inspire in you the passion you would really, really like to experience again in your lifetime (although it seems increasingly less likely as you approach your 40th birthday).
Say you wake up with a terrific backache on the day you intend to execute this break-up and your beau, fresh from the chiropractor himself, lovingly applies the tens unit he just purchased to your lower back, because that’s just what kind of guy he is.
Say you still do the deed, because you’re feeling increasingly guilty about playing along with the girlfriend routine when you can’t possibly imagine a future with this guy.
Say he takes it like a gentleman, but reminds you before he leaves that although you may find someone you love more than him, you could never find anyone who loves you back as much as he does.
Say you believe him, but you take the gamble anyway.
Most likely, you are left with a backache and one hell of a bleak mood. Here is what I recommend.
- Cry for a while.
- Take a lot of Advil.
- Numbly browse the For Sale ads on Craigslist.
- Try to imagine what you would have done with this day had it not been hijacked by your stupid love life.
- Oh yeah, painting.
- Return to Craigslist and find cheap canvasses, an easel and a long-handled brush set, just the kind you’ve been wanting, posted by a seller who lives a mere 10 minutes from your apartment. (This step could be tricky, but you’re due for some decent Karma by now, aren’t you?)
- Meet the artist-girl seller in the Santa Ana Artist Village for the deal. Wait for her in the warm afternoon and be inspired by the ornate façade of the Santora Building. Reflect on the fact that this same face has overlooked this sunny plaza since 1926.
- Be inspired by the artist-girl herself, with her Amelie haircut and bright-orange vintage bicycle. Ponder the possibility that your life might actually be some kind of movie and not real, kind of like The Truman Show.
- Be inspired by the fact that your art needs have all been met within a half hour for less than $60 via Craigslist. (Now you can forgive Craigslist for introducing you to your [ex] boyfriend.)
- Stop on the way home for tequila. Painting alone might not be quite enough to handle this mood.
- Mix a margarita and set up the easel on your tiny, neglected patio.
- Choose yellow, red and white paint: guaranteed to make a happy outcome.
- Don’t think. Just paint.
- Be inspired by the orange and pink swirls.
- Be soothed by the dog sleeping in the sunshine.
- Mix another margarita.