The Stress-Relieving Properties of Monty Overbove

Generally, my goat is not too gettable. Easy-breezy is the way I like to keep things, because I intend to live to 102 and laugh on the way out. Or do I mean cackle mischievously? Yes.

And even if 102 is beyond my timeline, you can bet that I'm not departing this world in a silent, cackle-free manner.


But when my goat is got, I go to my personal stress reliever: Writing Monty Overbove. He's such a shoulders-back, quips-forward guy, and he doesn't give a rat's tiny posterior about most anything.

That's not exactly accurate. He cares about people, and somewhat about feelings, though he's a bit of a teller of hard truths. Though when hard truths are told to him, about him, he bristles, so he does need to work on his whole acceptance of things in this world going both ways.

A promising start, though? He is trying to grow as a person, as he admitted in "Stay Awhile."

But I've discovered that when I write Monty, I take on more of his "says you" attitude about any ridiculous matters gnawing at me. He and I do love the sass and the quip, it's true, but he cares less than I do. He cares less about the right things to care less about, if that makes sense.

So if my goat is got, I only need to write some Monty dialog and I'm back on board the HMS Confidence.

It can be Monty or any confident character you like, but I recommend this: If your goat has been gotten, go read a few pages of that character, or watch a bit of a favorite film or show with a take-no-guffer, and see if a little bit of that cheek and brashness doesn't help your own situation look far smaller by comparison.

Not to assume, but whatever you're fretting over is likely as small and as common as a piece of popcorn. You know this, right?

Let's think of most everything irksome as ephemeral as a piece of popcorn, and let's all live to 102.

 cr: Average Jane


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