Ta’ Heck With It

Ta’ Heck With It


Yes, this is a re-run My Odd Sock.  I ran out of time so we’ll go with this!

T’heck with it…T’hell with it…Forget about it…Screw it—anyway you phrase it, it has become a “catch-all” of surrender, disgust and laissez faire attitudes.

As my MS progresses, I find myself saying some variation of this phrase more often than usual.  It’s not that I have given up; I just try not to let things bother me like I use to.

Before adding the “MS” moniker to my personal resume, I was a tad bit of a perfectionist with a hint of obsessive-compulsive and a dash of attention-deficit wrapped up in one tight ball.  I worried about the past and fretted about the future.  Today, I can’t afford the wasted energy about either.  So, I try to focus on the day I have.  That’s all I got!

I suppose anyone who gets hit with the hammer (diagnosis) of multiple sclerosis, ALS, cancer or any other life-changing “Heebee-Geebee” can understand what I am talking about.  Twice, since my diagnosis in 1996, have I awakened being unable to move.  That is one scary ass feeling when you go to bed just fine and you wake up in a scene from “The Roy Campanella Story.”

So I say “t’heck with it” and let the chips fall where they may (Sorry for the cheesy cliche).

Sure, sometimes I slip and think about the future and get overwhelmed, upset and downright scared.  Squelching the gloom can be like trying to put out a house fire with a water weanie.  When that happens I just try to refocus and concentrate on what I have….today.

Inspirational author Og Mandino writes in his book “Mission: Success”…”I will pause whenever I am feeling sorry for myself today, and remember that this is the only day I have and I must play it to the fullest.  What my part may signify in the great whole, I may not recognize, but I am here to play it and now is the time.”

The Funny Meter
The Funny Meter




Eh, screw you Funny Meter!  I know the Funny Meter is pegging zero again, but give me a break–I am on a roll here!



Whether you are struggling through MS or any of life’s infinite number of conflicts—what you have—is today.  Be grateful you have it.  Wear it till it is ragged & worn out.  And throw it in the hamper when the day is done.

Now, go get on with it.  You’ve got alot to do!


One Reply to “Ta’ Heck With It”

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