A wise friend once told me “Everyone has a number”.
The one that gets under their skin.
For some it repulses, others it infuriates, a few it motivates and for most, it makes them throw in the towel.
It’s different for everyone.
The number that you see when you look down at the scale.
The number of your list of lovers.
The number the label in your jeans reads.
The number the label on your bra does not read.
The number at the bottom of your credit card statement.
The number of candles on your birthday cake.
The number your boss expects you to perform.
The number of dates before your first kiss.
The number of fights before you give up.
The number of times you’ve cried over him.
The number of days it’s been since he’s called.
The number your pay stub reads.
The number of miles you’ll run before you mentally can’t move.
The number on the price tag that makes you put it back on the rack.
The number on the price tag that makes you not leave without it.
The number that your iTunes reads “your song” on the play count.
The number of drinks you can handle in one evening on the town.
Who knew we were counting? Constantly counting. Watching. Judging ourselves. Judging others. All based on numbers. The numbers fluctuate, some bringing us up as they rise, others bringing us down as they fall.
A few of mine that make me shudder?
101- The number of times I’ve listened to “The Heart of the Matter”. (I didn’t purchase it until June 4, 2008). *Too high.
26- The number of candles on my cake last month. (Where did all my time go? I feel like I’ve only just begun.)
99- The number I start counting backwards from when I’m trying to sleep at night.
7 million- My quota. (Sadly unattainable this year)
38- Days left to try to achieve this number.
Unmentionable- The number on my Nordstrom Bill. (I guess Sale doesn’t really mean buy more.) *Repulsive.
Also unmentionable- The number on my jeans. (They’re still a bit tight! Eek!) *Motivation to make me run.
Lost count- The number of times he made me cry. *Even more reasons I’m glad I’ve moved on.
290- Not a number to chance it on.
So I have to wonder…what’s your number?