Wet Happiness

I’ve had a lot on my mind lately. And I’ve been feeling down a lot too. Sometimes you just have those days, weeks even, where everything just seems as if it won’t get any better. Life just keeps throwing these curveballs at you and you can’t seem to hit it out the park. 3 strikes and you’re out of the game. I try not to stay out for too long though, because when you do, the sadness, worry, and anxiety start to fester like a wound left untreated. If you didn’t already know–I write when I feel anxious or sad. I really write when I’m feeling any emotion at all. So, in the midst of my sadness and utterly terrible week I wrote a poem. But this one is about happiness. When you’re sad I believe that’s when you should focus on the happy things in life, since there is a lot to be happy about.

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Rain, thunder, and strong winds. They make for a perfect storm, but a terrible day.

Wet shoes and wet clothes from the rain leave most uncomfortable.

I look around, theres a girl. An average height girl, she has long-pretty hair with a killer smile.

She’s dancing in the rain, twirling around with her arms open wide, she is happiness.

Despite the circumstances she is content. I look down at myself–my wet, cold, and soaked self.

I wonder, how is this average height girl with long pretty hair and a killer smile so happy.

So, I mimic her. I spread my arms open wide and I twirl around soaking in the cold wetness of the rain.

As I’m twirling and spinning, this wave of emotions wash over me.

I smile, I laugh, I am filled with joy. I’m looking up, and through those gloomy clouds–I find sunlight.

Even in the rain and coldness, I find the light and happiness by spreading my arms out wide and embracing the storm.

I am the average height girl with long pretty hair and a killer smile.

I am happiness in a storm.

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Happiness, pure happiness is found in the little things that often go unnoticed. Happiness is found in the rain that you “hate” because its cold and wet. Happiness is found in the class that you dread going to. You can find a little bit of happiness in every single thing. Its all about your mindset. I remember not too long ago–a week ago actually, I found myself being so negative about literally everything. I would let one bad element ruin my whole day. Then I attended paradigm, a bible study on Thursday and the sermon was about negativity. Pastor Nick spoke about taking your negative thoughts captive, and I remember just thinking about everything I ever spoke or thought negatively about. That sermon changed my whole mindset. God actually spoke to me through that sermon. It’s always been so amazing to me how God always makes sure you hear what you need to at any given moment in time.

I decided that after that night I would stop dragging along this bag of negativity that I carried. In every instance possible I would try my best to find happiness and positivity in everything. I promised myself that I would always embrace a storm. Spread my arms out wide and spin around in the wetness and coldness of the rain. Because storms don’t last forever–they come and go. And in this world, we need more happy people. We need more individuals willing to step outside in the rain and spin around. We need more genuine acts of kindness. We need love and positivity. It takes one person to make things happen, one person can start something beautiful. Go out and help someone today. Tell your friends you love them, call your mom, hang out with your grandparents. Do something good. Embrace life for what it is. Happiness is always fleeting. Be a force, be happiness in a rain storm.

-T.T

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