Hanukkah wraps up with a sober but ultimately uplifting night:  The Night of Perspective.  It’s a time for you to concentrate on things you can do and on doing them well, and forgetting about a bunch of shit you read in “The Secret” or heard from your pastor.  Do you think the Night of Perspective is designed to step on your dreams?  Well, it isn’t.  It is supposed to make you realize that you can do more with what you have instead of spending all your time wishing and praying.  Think about this:

  • If people could really do “anything they put their mind to” then everyone who is not a pro basketball player or a movie star or business magnate is some kind of failure.  Bullshit.  You CANNOT do anything you put your mind to.  If you don’t believe me, try to break Michael Phelp’s records or, better yet, let NASA know you are gonna visualize being an astronaut and you will call them when it comes true.
  • If you are young, try a bunch of things until you know what you are good at and like.  If the thing you like pays for shit, make sure you like it a lot.  If the thing you are good at makes you money but you don’t like it, get a hobby.
  • Failing is fine.  But you don’t win just by trying.  If you did, winning and trying would mean the same thing.  If you don’t believe me on this, try to kill yourself.
  • If you are not lucky at love, remember that luck does not have anything to do with it.  And if you wait around for someone to love you the way you are, you will probably get someone pretty shitty when you are old.  You probably have some problems, cause there can’t be that many people who don’t “get” you.
  • People who don’t have kids can still give opinions on the raising of kids.  If one cannot give opinions on things they have no experience with, then elections would have very low turnout.

These are just some examples.  And they are all intended to make you realize that most of the stuff you really need to take care of is within your reach.  Having goals is great, but having realistic ones is even better.  So, as the last light of the Menorah is lit, or put out or whatever they do, remember that while you don’t have the power to do everything, you do have the power to do some things.  So go do them, you lazy shit.

Happy Hanukkah.