Originally, I planned to title this post “Ten Seconds to Happy,” but later on I make reference to one Ms. Kimmy Schmidt, and the jarring visual of a salty stick of meat draped in crinoline was too good to pass up. (Titus, you legend.) And besides, I’ve been hard at work channeling strength and self-love, so a metaphor for tough and beautiful seemed apropos.
So here’s the thing: happiness is only ten seconds away. Less, even. This might sound farfetched, but neuroscience and Netflix suggest otherwise.
The photo might be a dead giveaway, but if you guessed that I’m about to talk about travel insurance (which I’m sure you did, because you’re a smart cookie), well… you’re right!
Remember when I said I’d joined a netball team and that epic athletic fails were on the horizon? It turns out I’m a bit of a prophet: it only took three games before I was being helped off the court by an ump, my ankle (and my pride) battered and bruised.
You may be wondering: what the heck is netball, anyway? I’ll tackle that in a future post, but here’s the Reader’s Digest version: netball is basketball without dribbling, backboards, or (much) contact.
Friends and healthcare workers alike have since reassured me that “doing your ankle” in netball is something of an Australian initiation, proof that you’re successfully integrating into local culture.
I must say, my fat ankle and I are feeling mighty patriotic… and a wee bit pathetic.
When I told you yesterday that I’m currently book-less, that was a half-truth. I may not be reading a book at the moment, but I am listening to one: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the wildly successful Eat, Pray, Love.
Whenever I’m reading (or audiobooking, as it were), I make notes. In margins, on notebooks, in my head, on a napkin. With each new book I consume, I fall deeper in love with words and the infinite number of beautiful ways they can be placed together.
Talk about a word nerd.
One of the greatest and most dangerous truths about the world we live in is that we have access to endless opportunity: places to be, places to see, people to meet, things to do. We are in an age of hyperstimulation, where virtually everything is at our disposal, and everything is at our disposal virtually. As a result, we place immense pressure on ourselves to seize as many of these opportunities as possible, as often as possible.
It’s a lot… and sometimes, “a lot” can become “too much.” When this perceptual shift happens, one option in particular tends to rear its ugly head: the option to quit.
We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you this very important Public Service Announcement: