Smile More Saturday’s seems like a funny way to keep up up with all the needed changes. However, I could not agree with it more. I like to think of myself as both an incredibly anxious and an incredibly happy person. That will make today a struggle depending on which side of that line I fall.
At the end of last year, I thought back on my short time in the military and how far I had come in that time. I thought about the two major ‘what ifs’ in my life. What if I had stayed in the military? What if I had stayed in South Dakota instead of moving? I compared these with the actuality of where I was at the time.
If I stayed in the military, I would be in the best shape of my life. I’d have more things. I would have severed this country. I would have also been angrier. I would have, for part of it, had to keep my sexuality a secret. I would probably be in a similar financial predicament, but at least I’d have my student loans paid for! I also would have very little direction as to where to go next. The military would be all I’d known for six years. I’d be in the same stump I was months ago.
If I stayed in South Dakota, I would have watched my nephews grow up. I would be doing something that had nothing to do with my degree. I would have drank myself into obesity. I would spend more time with my close friends, although that has negative consequences with the drinking. I may have lost some people currently still close to me. I would not be thrive, and would hardly be surviving. I’d be in a big slump of a life.
This is the happiest option, and I am sure this is leading to my happy ending, new beginning, new middle, and forever after. It just feels right, and that is a reason for me to smile every day.
My roommate summed it up best in his book. A flying man speaks with the main character as a child. He’s talking about the secrets of life.
“There is much about the world that you do not yet understand, but because you are so special, I will tell you a secret, one you must never tell others for they will not believe you, but if you believe me then you will find that you are capable of things greater than crossing a river to another world.”
“What is it?” The boy asked, “Tell me please, I want to know.”
“You will have a deeper understanding of the world and all its powers, if you keep the wonder of a child’s eyes even as the truth is laid out before you. Remember that and you will be mightier than any god.” (The Incomplete Wrath, 105).
Every child smiles and laughs and has their eyes open to the world around them. They want to explore it. They feel with such passion, and we should too. It brings joy to other people and will come around back to you threefold. We have to do our best to encompass that in our own lives. Their anger tempers. Their frustrates abates. They become distracted by new an exciting things by the moment. It’s important to remember how to see things like that.
Smiling is important and Charmaine knows that. It’ll keep your dopamine levels up as she states as well as just perpetuate a better day. Fighting through any frowns, I will smile as often as I can today and everyday. I want to perpetuate happiness and health, and that’s what it means to live the superhero life.
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