I think that as the year settles in, in earnest, it’s easy to feel tired, lacklustre or even have an existential crisis. If that’s you, know that you’re in good company. Yep.
With this in mind it seemed like a good time to think about the brightness and what makes us feel a bit more chirpy. Here’s a bunch of things I came up with to help get us all on the Chirp-Train.
Twelve ways to feel BRIGHT as a BUTTON
1. Get in touch with three friends. Three. You heard it here first. Text someone out of the blue. Write a card and pop it in the post. Make a care package and drop it on a pal’s doorstep. There’s nothing like your friends to help you find your place in the world and remind you of how good your life really is. Friends x 3!
2. Write an important letter. Even though the internet LOVES a petition (and they are good and all…), sometimes it’s a good idea to be even more proactive and put pen to paper to protest the wrong or support the things you love. Not only are you tapping into the meaningful stuff that makes you tick, you might even impact on someone else’s life in a positive way.
3. Go bird spotting. So often we head out to get our ‘steps’ up or to burn calories or just to tick the ‘exercise’ thing off our daily (weekly?!) list. Don’t forget how great it is to have an amble with NO real purpose except to notice cool stuff that’s not only nature-y, but capable of reminding us that there’s heaps of wonders in the world and we’re part of the big, rad picture. Yay!
4. Dance around the kitchen. Last night I was listening to this playlist on Spotify and honestly, I could not stop smiling in cheesy, nostalgic delight. Most of the tracks are from when Rin was a kid so they remind me a lot of those cute times.
5. Start a project for charity. Doing something for other people always makes me feel a lot brighter and better, generally. Combine those positive powers with a bit of craft and I’m a total bright-eyed goner. Maybe you are a bit the same? If you’re not crafty, there are heaps of NON creative, helpful things you can be part of. (So that’s no excuse!)
6. Eat some bread. Or some cake. Or some ice cream. Just eat something you love and don’t even tell me that you can’t do that because of carbs or ‘sometimes foods’ or any of that piffle. Food is for fun too, remember?! Make something treat-y, eat it with pleasure, congratulate yourself on your good taste afterwards, thank your body for being just the way it is. Yay for bodies!
7. Look at a picture of a sloth.
8. Do some drawing. Some people love colouring in. That’s cool. I think drawing is also good because you can grow your skills and feel a bit like a fancy arty-schmarty type… and that is bright making for sure. You don’t have to show it to anyone, if you are feeling that there’s a gap between your output and your desired output. Instead, speak with a pompous accent (to yourself) about how interesting and unexpected your work is. Do that.
9. Float around in some water. Who wouldn’t feel a bit joyful and chipper after they’ve bobbed about in next-to-nothing for a while? It really doesn’t matter if you have extra-bobby bits, because everyone looks twice the size under the water and it’s actually an awesome, child-like, fun house experience (so that’s a bonus layer of bright!)
10. Sing very loudly to quite bad music. This is self-explanatory, but you should know that a) censoring yourself and b) avoiding undignified dance moves are definitely OUT. Sing from your diaphragm. Dance with your shoulders. The world is your stage. Word.
11. Watch Gilmore Girls. Obvs.
12. Pick something. Some flowers. Some herbs. Some fruit. Do a little bit of a gentle harvest and you’ll feel at one with the world. (If you get caught picking someone else’s stuff, do not blame me. Nuh-uh.)
Have a rad Friday, guys! Love youse!!!