Not All Trends Portend Well

Not All Trends Portend Well

Take Sleepless Trends…Please.

It’s the second night in a row that I wake at 2:30 am. That’s given me about 3-4 hours of sleep and just enough time to make myself think the day’s ready to start all over again. That’s part of the problem…the mind get started thinking and it’s almost impossible to shut off. Then a lot of tossing and turning, and then thinking I should just get up because I cannot go back to sleep, so I toss and turn some more. Worried about waking my bride I get up and head off to other parts of the house so as to not disturb her rest.

And that’s important! No sense both of us struggling with sleep.

A nibble of food, a good book, or even some undone task. Like writing a few blog posts for the future. Or for today. Maybe, just maybe, this trend will end tonight and sleep will return to roost just as it should!

Trends get started, I think, by accident more than by plan like a habit. In fact, “Trend = a general direction in which something is developing or changing” finds its roots in an Old English word, trendan, meaning to “revolve, rotate”, and that comes from an even older German word – “trundle” – reference a wheeled vehicle that moves slowly and heavily.

Trends can move slowly or quickly, and revolve around a time or place, but eventually, they mostly fade into the dark or morph into some new trend.

Think about all the Trends we experience in fashion, culture, something hip, or even popular. Like a pendulum, they swing forward and backward, coming and going, fast and slow. They last for a while and then they fade into history. Remember those fashions from 20 years ago? Hang on them long enough and they may become trendy. Again.

Know that a trend is happening, get on the ground floor and you may be able to make some dough if you are smart enough to sense when a trend is ending and can exit at the right time.

Sort of like playing the stock market, or buying precious metals. The key is to buy low and sell high. And know the signs that say the ride is coming to an end and you would be wise to hop off at an appropriate time and place.

Do you remember when everyone was selling pet rocks, cabbage patch dolls, parts of the Berlin wall, and any other host of products that were temporarily popular? Some stand the test of time and have a lasting quality. Others are freaks of nature happening at the strangest of times and then just as quickly they fade.

Never bought a pet rock, my daughter got a cabbage patch she tested in the swimming pool to see if she could swim, and I can only wish I had purchased a piece of history when the Berlin wall was torn down.

I remember when blue jean jackets were trending in the late 60’s and early 70’s. They had split tails, long waisted, smart enough to wear with slacks…and I bought one, wore it out, passed it to my daughter who still has it today… It looks trendy when she wears it! I can’t even put it on! Goodness. That trend has come and gone through the years but this jacket is nearly 50 years old!

Early this morning, I was thinking about this Sleepless Trend, waking at 2:30 every morning. I’ve got to smash this trend before it becomes acceptable!


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