How to Live Life To the Fullest – A Penelope Pig Primer

Eat greedily all the delectable things life gives you.

Wallow in what’s soothing & cool.

Snort at those who are not loving.

Celebrate how delicious you are.

Pray you will not be eaten before your time.

Many, many, many years ago, at a business lunch, I defended the pig as being a very intelligent animal. I pointed out that pigs were one of the few animals that would drink alcohol willingly.  You have to remember I was young and so was my view of intelligence.

My colleagues found it humorous. In the ensuing year they inundated me by pigs of all sizes, shapes and incarnations:  Stuffed pigs, pig pens, pig posters, marizapan pigs, ceramic pigs, wooden pigs, pig calendars, pig stationery.  Drowning in all things pig, I vowed never again to defend a sow in public and hence forth I would make it a point to talk about expensive crystal or gemstones.

Decades later.

When my 70th birthday approached I was surprised how sad I felt about all that I had not accomplished in my time here on earth.  I was surprised at the sense of regret about missed opportunities.  I was surprised I was surprised.  After all, I was a psychotherapist and trained to be very aware of feelings – my own feelings were obviously an exception!

Then I received a birthday party invitation from a former colleague who’s the same age.  She was one of my pig-present friends.  I flashed back to that conversation decades ago and smiled at the innocence (bordering on occasion on stupidity) of my youth and the wisdom of the pig:

Let’s all pig-out on life!