I took this photo of this guys' cool Catch-22 bag on the Metro in Washington, D.C. yesterday.
Catch-22 was made famous in the book of the said name by Joseph Heller.
Essentially a Catch-22 is an unsolvable problem.
In the book for example, military servicemen in WWII can apply for a discharge if they are verifiably crazy, but the sheer act of applying for a discharge shows you are not crazy.
Other examples of a Catch-22 are locking your keys in the car and you can't unlock the door to get them or losing your glasses but now you can't look for them.
In life, it seems like we are constantly facing Catch-22's, however not solving them is not an option...we must come up with a workable solution.
At work and in school, we compete to get ahead, yet we must team, cooperate, and collaborate with those very same folks that we are competing with.
At home with children, we need to teach our children often difficult lessons of right and wrong, patience, discipline, and safety, even while we have overflowing feelings of love for them and just want to hug them and give in to them.
With spouses, as our love and lives build over the years, we grow together and become ever more interdependent on our partners, yet we need to maintain some healthy independence and self at the same time.
With career, are we advance ourselves so that we can provide well for our families, we must balance work-life, so that we aren't just bringing home a paycheck, but are actually emotionally there for our loved ones.
The list of life's conundrums goes on and on, but rather than throw up our hands in defeat, we have to fight on and come up with solutions that are best fit to the challenges we face...there is no discharge just because you feel crazed or need to confront something hard...you need to solve the dilema and then you can go home. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)