Up until about two years ago, my least favorite yet most prominent emotion was anger. Everything made me mad or irritated me. I was in a well-paid but dead-end job in a city I couldn’t stand and I think this was really the major contributor to my anger. But the bad stuff consumed the very fiber of my being. My marriage was struggling. I didn’t even really enjoy my children. I didn’t enjoy much at all. I was in survival mode only. Even talking to a customer service rep on the phone could make my blood boil to a point that was most assuredly unhealthy. This is how I lived my life. I put up a good front for the most part, but I was just not happy! I should have been, but I wasn’t.
The list went on and on as I thought about it in my own unhappy little mind. How could this be? They had such horrible lives by circumstance (just like me) but they were happy and smiling! What was so different between them and me (other than the obvious like I’m not animated, I do have bills, and well, I’m not a princess)? If they can be happy, I can be happy! I pondered this for quite some time but got no where with it. But it always stayed in the back of my miserable little head.
There was twirling in twirly dresses, there was dancing and singing in public places, there were woodland creatures, and there was skipping, of course there was skipping (oh how I had missed skipping)!
I used to do all of those things, years ago, before I let life get me down. Life didn’t let me down though, I did this and I could change this! Bet I watched this movie 20 times that month.
And I began skipping again on a regular basis, skipping is after all my favorite! I began singing around the apartment, then in the grocery store, then while riding bikes on the seawall, then every where I went. I began twirling, wearing twirly dresses! Oh and I started dancing, I’m not a good dancer by any means, but that doesn’t matter, you can’t dance with a frown on your face (this is a proven fact, try it, you can’t do it)! I even got my own little woodland creature, a sugar glider named Pip (of course)!
Day by day, my life got better, I swear. Month by month, I was happier! Instead of just working hard to please others and make others happy, I was happy! I mean truly happy! And the people around me were happier!
You ask yourself, does this crazy lady actually sing, and skip, and twirl, and dance in public places for all to ridicule? Of course I do! You ask, does she really attribute her happiness to a Disney movie? Not necessarily, but the concept, most definitely! Don’t people look at you like you’ve lost your marbles? You bet your sweet bippity boppity boo they do! Do I care? I absolutely do NOT! I’m happy!
Yes, I still get angry, we all do. But now when I feel the urge to “blow”, I twirl, I skip, I sing a “Happy Little Working Song”, or in my best princess voice, I call the birds and woodland creatures with an “Aha aha ah…aha aha ah”. Bad mood buster for certain! I recommend this little “secret” to anyone and everyone! Life is a beautiful thing! Don’t waste a minute of it being miserable. You’ll never get those minutes back and I’ve wasted entirely too many!
Sparkle on…and sing…and twirl….and dance…and don’t ever forget to skip, it’s so much happier than walking! I’m now living my “happily ever after”. You can too! We all deserve it!