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One Foot out of the Covers

A friend posted this on Facebook:

Covers on, too hot. Covers off, too cold. One foot out, just right!

After reading that I felt a slight sense of relief, and somehow felt a connection to the other people who had read the post and responded that they do the same thing sometimes. I thought, “I’m not the only one.”

Over time I’ve also learned that I’m not the only one who sleeps with bare feet that roam around under the sheets looking for the cool spots, though I’m sure there are those who prefer socks.

I’m not the only person who has, at least once, repeated a word to himself until it seems foreign, or who, as a kid, thought that a watermelon would grow in my stomach if I swallowed a seed. And sometimes I still use my fingers to count.

Knowing we share these silly quirks of the human experience can help us feel less alone, existentially speaking of course. With more than 7 billion people on this planet we’re hardly alone, but as individuals we can feel that way sometimes.

Despite all of our differences; all of our attitudes, games, dramas and beliefs, we still have quite a bit in common as human beings. Indeed, we share even those quirky traits, however pleasant, annoying or destructive they may tend to be.

Just as I am not the only one who has kept one leg out of the covers during sleep, or worried about a watermelon seed, I am also not the only person who has voiced a choice word to someone who has cut me off on the highway.

Good or bad, quirky and fun, or jerky and mean, we share these qualities and traits. We are not alone in our human experience, and that can be a comforting thought. We are simply humans, as unsimple as it may seem at times.

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