Every few months my electric company sends out an e-mail telling me how my energy conservation compares to my neighbor’s … and it’s never good news. Anyone who reads Freesia Lane knows I’m a competitive person and that I get anxious if I don’t perform well, so when I first received this email, I thought, Gotta get on this! But every month it’s getting worse — this month they say I’m 32 percent worse than everyone else in the neighborhood.
I have the heat set at 60 degrees now. I’m gone at least a week a month. I have an office I go to for the day, and I turn the heat way down while I’m out. I watch television in the dark, squinting. I rarely cook. And now I’m mad as hell.
Do you think they send this to everyone, hoping everyone will live like a Pilgrim, as I do?
Here is the deal: I’m not going to open any more e-mails from these people. I’m done.
And my goal in 2017 is going to be to stop competing in arenas that are not really of interest to me. Goodbye guilt and angst, and hello F-You attitude to come.
I feel better now. Thanks for listening.