ten commandments
        So many rules, such mess

There’s a delicate balance between being a disaster and being so fascinating that mere mortals stare at you the same way they stare at horrific car crashes. With great mess comes seemingly legit reasons why life throws you curve balls–as well as a set of rules to blame it all on.

1. Thou Shalt Keep Thy Identity A Secret–mostly from yourself. As you walk down the street with your shirt unknowingly tucked into your underwear, you shake your ass, believing wholeheartedly that the looks you are getting are because you’re having a “sexy day”.

2. Thou Shalt Always Spend Thy Last Two Hundred Dollars–on things like a treadmill because your health should be a priority. And the purchase should be timed perfectly–on the same day that your car breaks down and you wind up walking to work for the next two weeks.

3. Thou Shalt Pick The Most Wrong Guys To Date–like the one who lives with his mom. The one who lives with his mom and spends most of his time in his man cave in the basement. The one who lives with his mom and spends most of his time in his man cave in the basement where he receives special deliveries in plain brown packages with air holes. The one who lives with his mom and spends most of his time in his man cave in the basement where he receives special deliveries in plain brown packages with air holes that you overlook because you think his love of animals is such a sweet quality.


4. Thou Shalt Never Know When To Stop Talking–and because it is so important to fill the silence, it’s too late when you realize that the story about the condom that got stuck in your vagina sounded way cuter in your head.

5. Thou Shalt Not Try To Change–for it will all be in vain. Consider yourself branded. The same way your lower back is after that “magical” night with Raul.

6. Thou Shalt Not Lie–since your every day stories are so insane that no one believes you anyway. Like the day that your ex-boyfriend, the one who still lives in his mom’s basement, showed up with his new wife–the ferret he left you for.

7. Thou Shalt Always Make The Wrong Decision Even If It Feels Right–like the time you turned off your heat to save money and bundled up in sweaters and blankets instead. You told yourself that you’re tough enough to stick it out and besides, shivering burns calories. You repeated your mantra through chattering teeth right before your pipes froze. Then burst.

8. Thou Shalt Wait Till The Last Minute–to do everything. While you were cleaning up the mess your broken pipes left, you missed your student loan deadline.

9. Thou Shalt Have The Same Tragedies Smite You Again And Again–like the flat tires you get at least once a month. You only drive ten miles a week, but the local repair shop has issued you a rewards card–for every five repairs or new tires bought, you get one free. You’ve redeemed four cards this year.

Hot Mess

10. Thou Shalt Have No Idea That Your Life Is Any Messier Than Anyone Else’s–till the day you face the truth. And so you embrace your identity, holding your Hot Mess Members Card high, in your freshly manicured fingers–that you smeared on the way out of the salon. Just as they were closing.

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  1. I never realized that the Y life was written in the commandments, until now.

  2. This makes you either a shlemiel or a shlamazel. If you find out which one, let me know.

  3. I have followed most of these commandments my whole life – and I have created some of my own! I even crowned myself, “God’s Favorite Little Soap Opera!” She probably gathers around all the angels and they watch you too!

    1. Aahh yes. Thou shalt always measure thine worth by the size of God’s audience applause when she sees you stumble. #gotit

    1. Thank you Donna! Thou shalt not realize that the masses are usually laughing at you, especially when you expose your every day life on a humorous list blog!

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