I have never felt more superficial than when I sprayed on some Safran Troublant this morning. I wanted to scream at myself, “12 people dead, 50 others wounded, and all you can think about is perfume?” I wrote this post for those of you who are feeling the same things today. For those that are ashamed to find themselves seeking comfort after an overwhelming tragedy.
Sci-fi author Philip K. Dick once wrote, “The appropriate response to reality is to go insane.” Don’t you dare. I have seen crazy, and I did not like it. Whatever you have to do to stay sane in the face of this terrifying world, do it. If praying helps, do it. If writing helps, do it. And if perfume helps, do it. It’s not superficial. It’s survival.