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Do you “have to” or do you “get to”?

Do you “have to” or do you “get to”?

My daughter and I are listening to the audio book, Little House on the Prairie, as we drive here and there. Ma Ingalls was outside washing the clothes in a tub or by the river? I was busy trying to find where I was going to remember the details.

For a moment I thought how cool it would be, to be outside doing laundry, enjoying the sunshine. But then the wolves surround them or the weather comes up. Here, the biting black flies would not make it joyful.

I don’t like laundry. Well laundry isn’t so bad. The folding gets me. I don’t like folding laundry. So I have to do laundry. I ‘have to’ or I ‘get to.’

There are many people who would give anything to have laundry in their home, or be healthy enough to do a basic task like that.

I ‘get to’ do laundry. There is something empowering about ‘I get to’.

Do you have to go to work or do you get to? Someone is desperate for work. Someone is in lockdown and can’t leave their home to go to work. Someone is battling for their health and can’t do basic tasks either.

Maybe your minimum wage job is not what you want ideally.  But it can possibly help you get where you want to go.

Maybe where you live isn’t your favorite place but I have known people who lived in a car for a while. And they would love your home.

There are moments where I see things I took for granted in my youth, like the ability to roll out of bed without a thought. Today it takes me a minute and a couple things creak and hurt. I don’t always sleep through the night anymore either. But I ‘get to’ wake up. I ‘get to’ creak and grumble.

Have to makes things a chore and ‘get to’ makes things a privilege.

I have lived with respiratory illnesses that made basic breathing difficult. Right now, I get to breathe, I get to walk out in the sunshine. I get to go to work. I get to do laundry. It suddenly makes tasks like filing our bills and paperwork more joyful. I ‘get to’ a lot!

Once upon a time many people used outhouses because they didn’t have electricity or running water.

I get to use an indoor toilet, turn on a light, or open my refrigerator for food. How many times do we say I have to cook a meal? I wonder if my perspective would change if I ‘get to’ cook a meal.

Well, not sure on that one lol but maybe I could try. I will let you know.

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