You know the decals I’m talking about…the ones that people put on their cars to let you know either where they go on vacation or how great their lives are at the present time.
To me, they’re a little like boastful Facebook status updates…a sneaky way to brag about what you’ve got. And that’s the issue I have with these types of stickers.
Because when we boast, it inevitably makes those who either 1) can’t afford to take their family to the beach on a regular basis, or 2) have been unable to have kids, or 3) are in the middle of a life crisis and right now, life is anything but good, feel badly…and that ain’t cool. But somehow, these decals have made it acceptable.
In my neck of the woods there are a lot of OBX (Outer Banks) and HHI (Hilton Head Island) stickers and a steadily growing number of those little stick figures that’ll tell you exactly what kind of family is riding in the car ahead of you. There’s usually a mom, a dad, two or three kids, and, of course, a dog. And don’t forget about all of that “Life is Good” merchandise. Because God knows life is never “just okay”, or “has been better”, or “is freakin’ killing me right now.”
Sometimes, when I’m stuck behind a car plastered with status decals, I try to imagine what they’re trying to say. It usually goes something like this:
“We go to an upscale beach community in our free time, just in case you wanted to how fortunate we are and how much disposable income we have.” or,
“We have such a perfectly complete family. We have a perfect little mommy, a perfect little daddy, two perfect little kids, and a perfect little pooch…it’s all just perfectly perfect.” or,
“My life is so great that I want to scream it from the mountain tops! Life is good! Life is good! You know, just in case you wanted to know how good my life really is.”
Now, everyone has a right to decorate their vehicles in any manner they see fit, and I’ll admit, car decals aren’t really that important and they’re definitely not worth getting worked up about. This is just an observation from one trying-to-be-cool broad who sometimes has a tendency to overthink.
But it WOULD be kind of funny to find some alternative decals to counterbalance all of the Stepford-like standard ones.
Like maybe a stick figure husband running off with another stick-figure woman, leaving the stick-figure kids and dog behind. Or the stick figure teenage daughter who has multiple piercings and while we’re at it is about 5 months pregnant. Or, instead of an OBX sticker, sport a decal that’ll tell everyone that when you manage to snag a little free time from one of the three jobs you hold down, you pitch a tent DBTR – Down By the River.
And when you’re done telling me how I should get a life, check out this link. It’s for a company who makes t-shirts that say, “Life is Crap.” Because sometimes, if we’re being honest, that’s exactly what it is:)
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