Allowing ourselves the weakness of being happy

Enjoyment is a skill. 

It’s that experience where we switch off our brains, surrender to the moment and let life carry us to a place of peace, relaxation and contentment. Even if only for a few minutes at a time. 

Unfortunately, that skill is no longer a priority in our culture. We’ve completely lost the ability to enjoy anything. Because we’re too busy finding fault, being offended, intellectually deconstructing the social and political implications of every single goddamn moment, so that way we can publicly congratulate each other on how upset we are about the sad state of the world. 

There’s simply too much work to be done. Who has time to kick back and enjoy a summer superhero movie when we could be growing indignant about how damaging it is to our perceptions of equality in society? 

How can anyone appreciate that new dystopian fiction novel for what it is, when the writer clearly has insensitivities to a number of important causes? 

This is a very serious problem. Joy, pleasure and appreciation have been replaced by criticism, outrage and victimization. And it’s exhausting. For everybody. 

Look, there’s a time and place to protest, but there’s also a time and place to eat a hot dog. If we are to truly live life to its fullest, we have to allow ourselves the weakness of being happy. At least for a little while. 

Perhaps it’s time to grant ourselves a day off from mentally cataloguing all the ways that pop culture subtly mocks and shames us not living up unrealistic images, and just fucking enjoy life again. 


What prevents you from allowing yourself the weakness of being happy?* * * *

Scott Ginsberg

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