It breaks my heart to see people hold back on living in case it upsets another person. You know what I say to that? Screw that!
Here’s what I have learned that I really want you to know. First, anyone who is upset because you are happy and showing it has deeper problems than you can know. This is not your stuff. We all have enough grief in life and we really ought to take the happy times and live them fully and wildly.
Secondly, in my experience, most of the time, other people love to be around those who are able to let go and express joy. It’s almost as if seeing you do it, gives them permission to lighten up a little too.
For some reason it seems that we are addicted to doom and gloom. As if refusing to let the happy in and show it, we are preventing any other extremes from happening. Kind of like that old saying waiting for the other shoe to drop.
I have some news. Ignoring the joys of today will not prevent the sadness of tomorrow…it just wastes the gifts you have right now. If that proverbial shoe is going to drop it will drop anyway. You can deal with it if and/or when it happens.
There are times when we are sad, when restraint is needed but I think we have taken it way to far. My friends…my adult friends…get over yourself and your own egoand have some fun.
Go on and run through the sprinkler with or with out kids…still feels good on a hot day. Laugh out loud; stop trying to keep it quiet…let it out! Be a little silly, play with puppies, make a puppet show happen, toss the football around, sing along and loud with the radio and dance while you sweep the floor.
Take the gifts of laughter, joy and fun and let them reign; let the crappy days be the ones that are out of the norm…let them be the exceptions.
Laugh and smile because you can…and share your joyful spirit with others.