Earlier this week my youngest commented there was a funny smell coming from the basement. I thought it was just the bit of mustiness I had noticed myself, normal for at the end of winter and pre-spring cleaning time, especially without a window down there. As I approached the stairs however, I did notice the smell had changed, wasn’t ‘normal’ at all anymore. Down I went.
Barely got to into the basement and the smell overpowered me. Turns out somehow the freezer had gotten unplugged and the food had badly, VERY BADLY, spoiled. I won’t ruin your lunch or that tasty cinnamon bun you’re enjoying with your coffee right now and divulge any of the gory details. You can thank me for that in the comments. Or a simple “Like” button click works too. Suffice it to say this truly was one of the most horrific experiences I’ve had to go through.
So now, let’s just jump right to the moral of my story …
When disaster strikes, when it feels like the world is caving in on you, when the proverbial shit hits the fan, breathe through your mouth.
Screw the majority of the research that supports nose-breathing is better for you. Temporarily at least. Sometimes just breathing at all is the best thing you can be focusing on doing for yourself, regardless of which body cavity you’re using. Afterall, we’re only talking about a short period of time here, til the crisis wanes and you’ve gotten your grip on how to handle it.
I’m pretty sure I didn’t drastically increase my risk of sleep apnea or severely lower my body’s oxygen circulation in just the couple of hours it took to clean up the mess. Breathing through my mouth made it possible for me to survive cleaning out the freezer and hauling out the spoiled food without puking. That would have just created another mess to deal with and my vomit tends to smell like rotted food anyway so I’m not a fan of that either. Plus, when confronted with a challenge in life, I’m a lot like old blue eyes. I like to do things my way.
The above Instagram image is from Tory Burke. I started following him (IG username: ToryBurke34) and his brother Ian Simmons (IG username: conflictstar) last year when I heard about a supercool project they were doing together. They use their penmanship to put movie and song quotes to art. You can read more in this article about them on The Daily Dot, including some more samples of their work and places you can find them on social media and online stores to buy their prints. Or you can read more in a previous post I did about them. That helps my stats so thanks for that. Anyway, give them both a follow, your eyes will thank you for it.