We live in dark times. The nation is going through a period of malaise with lots of infighting, intrigue, extremism, economic woes, narcissism, climate change, and Nazi’s marching in the streets. It’s easy to fall into the emotional blahs or worse. We sometimes need to take breaks from all the gloom and doom without going into denial mode.
Today is one of those days. Somebody came up with “Hoodie Hoo Day” to be observed today. Because the holiday is copyrighted, I’m naming this post “Yippie!” The point of the commemoration is that we all need to let go to be funny and lighthearted for awhile, regardless of what we name today’s holiday.
I have a serious nature that still likes to balance itself with droll humor. I like to imagine myself as being friendly, open-minded, and cheerful. So although I love serious contemplation and observation, I like to try new things, especially new things that bring joy.
It’s good to know a variety of people as acquaintances. Jonathan is a serious friend who also loves knee-slapping humor. Shelly is a woman around my age who is as happy as a lark most days. Her husband describes her in bird terms, because she loves bird-watching. My insurance agent, Tania, is a cheerful woman. Nearly every time I’ve needed to consult her, we enjoy some authentic laughter. Just the fact that I have a cheerful insurance agent is enough to make my day a little brighter.
I’d say that most of my friends and acquaintances have serious natures and the others have upbeat personalities. This makes a lot of sense because people supposedly reflect the qualities of the five people we spend the most time with. The five people I see regularly are pretty cool, level-headed folks. Only one of the five is extremely serious; he’s one of those people who doesn’t seem to have the cheerfulness gene. He’s not depressed or suffering from some sort of malady; he just has a very serious nature. The amount of times I’ve heard him laugh can be counted on the fingers of one hand.
I’m keeping this post short because it’s not wise to over-analyze cheerful moods. Doing so is serious work. Today, I’m going to make a point of saying “Hoodie Hoo” and “Yippee” just because this is still a free country for the time being. Anyway, I can say “Yippee” for no reason at all. So can you.