Check this little guyyy out! He is my version of buying happiness. For me, there are no feelings that can’t be helped by animal-shaped sippy cups. In fact, animal-shaped things in general really do it for me.
Last month some very sweet girlfriends gave me these INCREDIBALLS tights:
I kid you not: after I put them on, I knew I’d never be the same. Because I now have a superpower to be laughing hysterically inside whenever I want to. I mean looook at themmm they even have TAILS! I wield this power sparingly though because 1) I don’t want it to weaken with overuse and 2) I get nothing done when I wear them. Because I am too distracted by those KITTY FACES!
I can neither drive nor work properly:
Ok sorry that’s too many pictures. I’m obsessed.
I truly believe such things are the key to my emotional health. I’m for reals serious right now guys. I came across this Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory a few years ago when life started to get increasingly crazy, and I’ve since racked up enough points on that thing to have a stress-induced health breakdown three times over. But haven’t, yay!
The reason I love silly things like sippy cups with faces is that they remind me what it felt like to be a child. As your innocence gets farther and farther away, life gets more and more confusing. The more you learn the less you really understand. The more you see the more you wish you could unsee.
But we all still have that inner child. And connecting with that child is the secret to moments of pure joy. At least, that's what my owl cup told me.
Sometime last year I had dinner with a guy who, after hearing about some of my life’s recent events said “Jesus, what medication are you on? I mean, you have to be on antidepressants, right?" No, though I know and respect that they work very well for some. “Ok, well you must be addicted to some other types of drugs at least.” Nope, no addictions thankfully. I'm not against drugs at all, but don't depend on them for happiness because to me there's nothing innocent and childlike in that type of joy. And I recently realized that what I subconsciously seek and create in my life are moments where I reconnect to the self that trusted and believed in the world, purely and wholeheartedly.
When we were little, if life became overwhelming, our parents or other adults in our lives would take care of us and make us feel better. Now, when life makes us feel helpless like children, it’s our job to comfort those inner kids. So if you want to give yourself a perfect moment of happiness today, connect with something that gave you pure joy when you were little. Re-experience your favorite old video game, children’s book, Disney movie, snack, or wear something with ears.
On that note, a girlfriend told me that day-trips make her giddy like a child, so I’m going to pick her up at the Caltrain and we’re goin to the beeeach! Peace out kiddos, have a good day at school! Love & Sippy Cups.