When Life Bites

How Life is Like a Mosquito Bite

Mosquito bites are one of our greatest teachers.

Mosquitoes. Those winged creatures capable of spreading disease and driving us crazy with swollen bumps on our skin.

Who knew they were also one of life’s greatest teachers?

It’s Not Personal

Great news: It’s only female mosquitoes who come after us humans. They need our blood. Think of them as winged vampires, needing their next human sacrifice so their species can continue. Without their next “blood meal” this flying insect wouldn’t be able to produce her eggs.

Sometimes, people get under our skin–just like a mosquito. But it’s never personal.

So the next time someone cuts you off in traffic or your cousin hangs up on you for no good reason, remember: it’s not personal.

Poor behavior of others is never about you. It’s what the hurt person is doing to cope in that moment. Just like that mosquito biting into your flesh–sure, it may sting or itch, but it’s not about you; it’s about what they need.

A Different Kind of Condom

The prefix dis means not. The body can experience a lack of ease (dis-ease) throughout a human’s life. Mosquitoes, like humans, can carry diseases. And while mosquitos are known to be “the most formidable transmitters of disease in the animal kingdom,” there are plenty of diseases we humans carry.

We have COVID-19, people! We have STD’s and Monkeypox!

And I’m not even a doctor! (though I play one on TV;-)

So what can we humans do to protect ourselves from the bites of mosquitoes and human nature? We wear:

  • condoms to protect against STD’s.
  • masks to help stave off the never-ending variants of COVID-19
  • bug spray to fight off creepy crawlers

There’s also different kinds of condoms to protects us from getting figuratively bitten: earplugs, the technology to block a caller, the ability to close our eyes.

So cover up, let it go, and stop scratching that itch. Now go out there and thank those mosquitoes for being such fantastic teachers!

*Post originally published on The Orange Journal. (8/4/22)

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