No, I’m not talking about little, blue, diamond-shaped pills, although those can be helpful. But that’s a whole different kind of zip, and an entirely different doo dah. I’m talking about when life is like a flat river, gently flowing with nary a ripple to disturb the surface of the water. That’s my life these days. It’s not good, it’s not bad. I’m coasting, or in a holding pattern, or hunkered down, call it what you will. All I know is my life currently lacks zip.
This often happens in the summertime in the desert. The days are long and hot and you have to get out early to get chores done and then there’s like another whole day to fill in because it stays light until nine. A person can only sit at the computer tapping away for a certain number of hours. It’s even too hot for the pool after about 11 a.m. The sun is brutal and the water is as warm as a baby’s bath.
I can always tell when I’ve reached one of these holding patterns because there’s nothing for me to report on Facebook. Now that’s just sad. I can’t believe I thought it let alone wrote it! But it’s true. Ha ha. I often feel like writing, “Same as the day before, and the one before that.” So that brings me back to zip. It’s an interesting word.
The dictionary defines it thus: A brief sharp hissing sound. Energy; vim. A zipper. To move with a sharp hissing sound. To move or act with a speed that suggests such a sound. Zip!
You can also think of zip in regard to zipping the lips. Or zipping the dress, or unzipping the jeans. Or adding zest to a recipe. A few spices, some seasoning and you’ve added zip. Reading a racy book or watching a sexy movie could add zip to your day. Walking the treadmill might add zip to your step. Lemon in your drinking water adds zip. Got any other ideas?
It’s going to reach 110 degrees today. I think I’ll zip on over to the air-conditioned mall, zip around it for exercise, and then zip over to the theaters. A movie sounds good. What are you doing?
And in case you haven’t got quite enough zip in your own life, here’s an ear worm for you: