Look, I know. Two posts in one evening. But please, forgive me, for there are days (few of them but they exist) where I post nothing, and so a double-post day should be like a make-up day, agreed?
I was having a think this evening, and began to think about positivity. Positivity is what people admire in other people, especially those who have a disability, or a reason to be negative. Positivity is the ability to jump out of bed on a Monday morning in winter with a smile on your face, without the usual moans and groans that the rest of us have. It’s the ability to keep an optimistic frame of mind when life throws up an awkward situation which there’s nothing you can do about.
But, for a moment, just think. We’re always told to stay positive, because that’s what will get us through life. But, really, let’s be real guys: that’s not possible. Oh look, there’s my inner negative self. Seriously though, being positive and smiley 24/7 isn’t possible and, quite frankly, isn’t real. No one is always happy, and we all have our down days. Yes, of course you can cover it with a smile, a few jokes and a happy meal (don’t get me started on those…), but that’s not real.
Surely, then, a better idea is just to present yourself each day as you truly feel. I’m not saying that you should slag off your best friend because you hate them, because that’s something different. I’m saying that if you’re feeling sad, why hide it with a smile when there’s no reason? At least by showing it, people are aware, and you’re not faking anything; it’s realistic. Positive thinking is wonderful, and should be utilised whenever possible – if you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I think that’s a great skill to possess. But everyone has their off days, and we need to accept them, and just acknowledge them. There’s nothing wrong with them, really.
What do you think? Do you think that regardless, we should wear our smiles and act as if nothing’s wrong? Or do you think we should own up to however we feel? Let me know…