Sitting in the sun, watching the surfers glide through the waves, I had an epiphany. I’ve been editing the book every day and as I’ve re-read my writing, I realized, I’ve been a bit cynical at certain points. I didn’t write this way intentionally, but it dawned on me that I was careening my writing for the pessimists—trying to appease them instead of always writing to those who want to be happy. It can be easy to listen to the nay-sayers instead of the well-doers because we are naturally inclined to pay more attention to negativity than positivity. Well, no more of that. What’s wrong with being inspired, invigorated, and excited? Goodbye to the jaded, hello to the happy!
So with this epiphany today I realized, I can be as happy as I want to be and I can be proud of it. I shouldn’t have to lower my spirits to appeal to the Debbie Downers of this world. Sure, I have my off days where I’m not chipper as a chipmunk, but for those who make fun of happiness, I’m done. If I’m in a great mood, then great, no need to apologize anymore. What’s so wrong with being happy, after all?
How are you feeling about happiness these days?
Are you happy yourself or do you make fun of the people who are genuinely enjoying life? I encourage you to be happy in your happiness and own up to it. Ain’t no shame in it!
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook