I am not a Darwinist at all, but after seeing my body go through a recent evolutionary step, I can understand where he comes from.
For the past two days my allergies have been out of control. Seriously, my nose is officially a faucet, my eyes are itchy, and I am sneezing like crazy. During this time, I miss certain things in life that often get overlooked like breathing through my nose, the ability to smell, a dry kleenex, and my contacts not causing me excruciating pain as they enter my eyes. I have given up trying to stop the allergies. However, I am taking the Dan Patrick approach towards the allergies, “You can’t stop it, you can only hope to contain it.”
The really frustration comes from my past non-struggle with allergies. I never had allergies growing up. I have often taken a little pride in the fact that I never had allergies. I would often laugh and make fun of my sister because she always had bad allergies. Hey, when you feel like the deck was always stacked against you, I had to take pride in something (I recognize and admit that taking pride in not having allergies is really lame).
Is this simply a case of Proverbs 16:18 (Pride goes before destruction)? Or is it something different? I have my own hypothesis because all these nose spasms and pouring fluid happened when I moved almost 4 years ago to Texas. Yes, I believe that I am allergic to Texas.
Now, people who are reading this from any other state than Texas are probably rationally reading this thinking that there are probably specifics in the Texas environment that I am currently living in that I had never previously been exposed to that is causing allergic reactions. They might even giggle a little. However, people that are from Texas are reading this thinking, “that Tennessee boy just can’t handle the awesomenecity of Texas – that’s what he’s allergic to!” I can hear the Texas pride coming down against me already for thinking that.
Has anybody else experienced sudden allergies that were not there earlier in life? Anybody experience that like I did when I moved to a different area of the country? Does anybody have any good-ole-boy, home remedies that get rid of allergies because Claritin just is not working?
Check back soon because I have been working on a little blog series called “Brian-isms” where I am going to give some of my thoughts on life. Should be entertaining and possibly controversial; should definitely stir up some good conversation.