Oh hell yeah.
The preliminary Facebook event invitations for my 10-year high school reunion have gone up and I just had a teensie, preliminary anxiety-attack about it.
EVERYTHING IS GOOD AND I AM A FUNCTIONAL HUMAN BEING!
(Will this become true if I repeat it over and over, as a silent pep talk, inside my own head?)
I know the anxiety related to this is all internally-sourced and internally-focused (my high school class was mostly chill and there was almost no infighting. The typical cliques existed but they were nearly always either unconcerned with each other, tolerant of each other, or outright friendly with each other. So I’m not anxious about confronting past bullies, or vindicating myself, or any of those other reunion tropes). In short, I’m having an ongoing crisis of confidence in myself. My life is not on the track I thought it would be. I don’t even know for sure what track I thought I would be on. I think I’ve also exacerbated some of social anxiety issues I’ve had all along (not trying to minimize this and other anxiety disorders and I’m not trying to be cutesy about it. I am legitimately a high-functioning ball of pretty extreme anxiety nearly all the time. And it’s not at all cute), so literally any social function with more than 6 people present will cripple me within seconds of just the thought of it.
I don’t know. I don’t know how to be a 28-year-old. I don’t know how to be successful. I don’t know how to be socially adept. I don’t know how to be funny. I don’t know how to be smart. I don’t know how to be calm. I don’t know how to be.
- 4 penguins in a long beige coat pretending to be a man so they can buy stamps
- Someone putting on your dad’s voice and pretending to be your dad on the phone
- Selling freddos under the pretense they are actual frogs
- Red “Pandas” (nice try, NATURE)
- Upside down pyramid schemes
- "Invisible cups"
- The economy
- Sofa salesmen who only sell you one cushion at a time
- DVDs with slices of ham instead of the discs in them
A gif I made, still relevant. NY I come back and I kick your smoky butt!
If this tree can do it, then maybe you can too.
HOW CAN WE BE HAPPY ?
Once a group of 50 people was attending a seminar.
Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group activity. He started giving each one a balloon. Each one was asked to write his/her name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.
Now these delegates were let in that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written, within 5 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.
At the end of 5 minutes no one could find their own balloon.
Now each one was asked to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it.
Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.
The speaker began— exactly this is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is.
Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness.
And this is the purpose of human life.
Protip: This is a really bad question to ask when visiting the National Mall. We have 8 buildings surrounding the Mall, and a total of 19 museums, 9 research centers and the National Zoo. A S.H.I.E.L.D agent should know better!
(We think she means the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in this case.)
SMITHSONIAN THROWING MAJOR SHADE!
I have had the most gloriously lazy Saturday involving coffee, cookies, yoga pants (no yoga), changing all my internet passwords, doing whatever the hell I wanted on the internet (which may have included a Netflix viewing of She’s All That mixed in there - because I needed to find out how well it held up), and getting ready to pour myself today’s first glass of wine. Basically, I’m 100% good vibes today, living in a little introvert dreamscape.
I also discovered that I had squirreled away a bunch of really delightful Tumblr things in my likes during the week that I seemed to have forgotten about much too quickly. I don’t do this very often, but I think I’ll go on a reblogging spree here shortly. I know I’m not a Tumblr innovator or tastemaker or anything, but I just feel like sharing. Sorry if you see it all and your dash gets inundated with stuff from someone you follow for some reason but mostly don’t care about. I typically try not to overwhelm anyone with a high-volume internet presence, so that’s why I’m putting out a little warning (which will appear at the end of my little stream of reblogs, I’m aware). Sometimes I just am very pleasantly surprised by my corner of Tumblr that I’ve carved out for myself - it (and those of you within it) really makes the internet very pleasant for me.
Anywho, I wish for everyone a similar sort of day like the one I’ve had today - hopefully you, too get to have one very soon (if this sort of thing suits you - if not, I hope you get to have your own version of a perfect, peaceful day).
I don’t use Instagram that much because it’s a) objectively the worst social network, and b) it makes everyone and everything they’re doing seem so dull (when I actually think most people are pretty interesting and do interesting things), and c) I like my social media to involve descriptive, written narratives of events and no one uses Instagram for that, but WHAT ON EARTH are those bars that appear on the sides of some people’s pictures on that godforsaken social platform? Like, I wouldn’t even know how to get those on my pictures if I WANTED to.
This is probably a get-off-my-lawn, old codger type of rant, but honestly. It’s like no one cares about the basic aesthetics of their integrated online personas these days.