Don’t Believe the Hype

July 21, 2010

“Isn’t Life Grand?” “Life is Beautiful.” “I’m in Heaven.” These sound like the words of the happiest person in the world, right? Possibly. But the cynic in me senses a person who is trying really hard to compensate for troubled emotions: sadness, anger, guilt, self-hatred, low self-esteem, feelings of inadequacy, etc. Or simply in denial. Sorry to be such a buzz kill. But anyone who is always gushing about how wonderful their life is highly suspect. If your life is so wonderful, why do you need to advertise it? Who are you trying to make jealous? Who are you trying to impress? What are you trying to escape? What are you trying to cover up?

Don’t get me wrong. Ain’t nothing wrong with “turning that frown upside down”. But the whole “fake it till you make it” thing only goes so far. As corny as it sounds, true happiness does come from within. Sooner or later, it’s time for a little honesty and self-awareness. Being happy is great if it’s genuine. But if it’s forced or exaggerated for dramatic purposes, it’s time to take that long look in the mirror. Time to address those demons you’ve been running away from, acknowledge all your misdeeds, and deal with with longstanding issues. It’s time to get real.

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