My final post is a list of 10 things I give zero F’s about (can’t use the actual F word — when I signed up to do this, I said my blog did not contain adult language or content, so I’m assuming you know what I mean). These 10 things are my opinion and I don’t care at all what people think about them. Hence, zero F’s.
1.) How other people think I look in a swimsuit. I’m overweight, I have cellulite, I have stretch marks, and I wear 2 piece swim suits. One piece suits are a pain to wear, especially if I have to go to the bathroom. So I wear 2 piece suits.
2.) What people think of my tattoos. I have 15 of them. I was once told the only people who have tattoos are junkies and whores. This was a family member who said this, too. Well, too bad if you don’t like tattoos. I do.
3.) My running pace time. Well, I care about it enough to make sure I can do a race, but as far as what other runners think of my 14 minute miles, nope, zero F’s. My mile is just as long as your mile, Mister or Miss 7-Minute-Mile. My marathon medal after 8 hours on the course means the exact same thing as the medal for the person who finished in 4 hours.
4.) Wearing jeans to work. Some people think it is unprofessional for teachers to wear jeans to work. I’ve been teaching for 28 years, and I’ve decided I’m going to wear jeans anytime I want. They are always clean and nice (like not ripped up or with holes in them), so if I want to wear jeans, I will.
5.) Superhero movies. I’ve not seen any of the Batman movies, Spiderman movies, Avenger movies, whatever. I didn’t like any of that when I was a kid, so I don;t care about it now. But you go enjoy it.
6.) My political opinions. I’m pretty liberal, and I a not in any way, shape, or form a fan of our current POTUS. I’ve been called names — vile names — and vilified for my political leanings, most often by family members, and it has come to the point where it makes me laugh.
7.) My pension. Teachers in Illinois are constantly being attacked for their fat pensions. There are indeed some teachers who retired with exorbitant pensions because of loopholes that were exploited. Those loopholes have long since been closed, but we have a horrid financial crisis as a result. Plenty of people are critical of teachers getting a pension, but I don’t care. I have worked for almost 3 decades as a teacher and have readily accepted lower pay than other professional counterparts. When I retire, I want my pension. I’ve earned it. I’ve paid into it every paycheck like I am required to do. It’s my retirement money, and if you think I don;t deserve it, I really don’t care because I know I do deserve it.
8.) Toxic family members. I’ve got plenty of them. And I’ve decided they aren’t worth my energy — negative or positive. If I don’t matter to them, then why should they matter to me? It used to hurt me when family members treated me horribly, but not anymore. Just go do your thing and I’ll do mine.
9.) Men’s opinions on women’s health issues. Yep, I’m using the “it’s my body” card on that.
10.) Having a showcase ready home. I could spend my time making sure my house is sparkling clean and ready to be photographed all the time, or I could spend time with my friends and family making memories. I choose the latter. Time well spent with people I love is far more valuable to me than being able to eat off my floors or pass a white glove test.
Tattoos have gone from being rebellious and cheap – to ‘de rigueur.’ I’ve been too busy polishing my procrastination collection to actually get one. Only 74, but I finally got my first picked out. 😉 🙂
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Retired teacher here, seconding all your F’s not to give. I taught for DoDDS (schools on overseas military bases) and earned every cent of my paltry pension. While I don’t run much anymore and haven’t yet got my writer’s quill tattoo, I second every F you don’t give. I’ll add one–I give no Fs about what people think of my pastimes, including belly dancing and writing steamy romance. F off, critics!
Happy writing in May.
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