Good morning, and happy Thursday to you! I hope you are feeling very well-rested today.
I’m a very lucky girl. Yesterday I got to spend a sunny afternoon in a kids’ playground, chatting to my lovely mates and escorting my friend’s eighteen-month-old son on his (many, many – seriously, millions of) excursions down the climbing frame slide. Apparently, some things are not made boring by relentless repetition. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we grown ups still found utter delight in something as simple as going down a slide?
I think that one of the reasons we don’t necessarily have the same capacity for joy as a toddler in a playground is that we know something the little ones don’t: life is full of hard truths. Here are a few of the most annoying/inconvenient/unfair, each with a little optimistic upside to help us recapture some joy:
Television Shows End
I feel very sad for the people who watch Community, which I hear was cancelled recently. It sucks to fall in love with a show, invest in the characters, get emotionally involved with the storyline and then discover that the big, bad L.A. producers don’t agree with you. How very dare they. The upside here is that new shows come out all the time: when Friends ended, nobody could have predicted that something as fun as How I Met Your Mother was on its way from the same brains. So don’t panic, Community fans: you never know what’s around the corner (of the television executives’ board room table).
Justice is Unfair
Bad people hardly ever get what’s coming to them, terrible things happen to the loveliest people, and the theoretically just concept “freedom of speech” means that the BNP Youth are allowed to upload horrible campaign messages to YouTube. We just can’t win. the upside to this is that our instinctive “that’s not fair” reaction leads us to have interesting debates, learn lessons from bad situations and work out which horrible people to avoid in future.
Feelings Make No Sense
You can know what you love or hate about a person – their sense of humour, their attitude, their hair style – but you can never know exactly why you feel that way about them. We fall in love with the least suitable suitors, and we cannot bring ourselves to fancy the people with the best emotional prospects. The upside here is that the lack of logic makes love more exciting, romantic, weird and wonderful. Wouldn’t it be horrible (albeit slightly more convenient) if a physical trait plus a personality characteristic automatically equalled love? We’re not robots.
Life is Short
Scratch that: time is short. I mean, it’s Thursday already; how did that happen?! As we get older time seems to go by faster, and our to do lists get longer instead of shorter. We forget to text people back, we miss birthday parties and there is always at least one household task that we’re just never going to get around to. (Mine is hoovering the stairs. It just isn’t going to happen.) Here is our upside: the diem is ours to carpe. Go on that holiday, take up that hobby and tell that person how you feel about them. Go on, I dare you.
I can’t think of an upside to this one. Sorry. Wasps are just mean.
Have a brilliant Thursday. I hope that this day goes down in your personal history as Unbelievably Delicious Dinner Day.