Intro to Trouble

Getting into trouble isn’t easy, nor is it difficult. Some of us find ourselves, without even trying one way or the other, falling into trouble at every turn. Others avoid trouble like you’d avoid an STD, or a creepy ex. Maybe those two are a package deal (and would certainly amount to a great deal of trouble). Then there are those who, despite all their best efforts, end up in trouble’s lap again and again. Which category do you fall into? Most people are probably well aware of their relationship with trouble, and how often they end up knee deep in it.

I won’t pretend to know what the general consensus is on trouble – whether society in general likes getting into it, or prefers to avoid it, or quite possibly doesn’t care either way. We’re led to believe that getting into trouble is bad, that it will have very negative, potentially costly consequences. When thinking about those consequences the idea of jail or prison time comes to mind. Maybe juvie, for some people, or your imagined consequence could be something like rehab, or a psychiatric hospital. Maybe the younger crowd simply imagines being grounded by their parents, or having certain privileges revoked. Trouble comes in an infinite number of possibilities, with the same amount of consequences that could follow.

Whatever the consequence may be, were taught that they’re bad. Society seldom ever encourages trouble, or acknowledges the potential positive consequences that could result.

I’m not going to sensationalize the whole “getting into trouble” bit. If you’re thinking, hoping, that this how-to guide is going to give you a step-by-step success plan of getting into various forms of trouble, you’re going to be disappointed. If you read the title of this blog, you’ll see it’s called a “Pseudo How-To Guide”. Pseudo, by dictionary definition, means: not genuine; a sham.

If you’re concerned that this is instead going to be about those pesky consequences of getting into trouble, you can rest assured that it is not. I’m not here to preach to you about what you already know (or think you know) about what happens when you get into trouble.

I hate to be one of “those” people, trying to hook you into staying here by saying this next part, but I’m going to be. If you’re truly curious about what this Sham How-To Guide is about, you’ll just have to read it. Who knows, maybe you’ll like it. Maybe you’ll come back, every week, for more Trouble. It’s been my experience that, once people have experienced a certain, unique brand of trouble, they’re hooked, whether they want to be or not.


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