Do you guys realize how easy it is to just hate everything nowadays?
“Oh, you got those shoes on sale? They must be out of style.”
“You’re taking a trip to Greece? You probably won’t be able to understand anyone.”
“You cured cancer? Sure whatever, but there’s still like millions of people dying from AIDs every day.”
Pessimism isn’t just a state of mind anymore – it’s a way of life. And as much as we want to make fun of hipsters for their bikes and mustaches and clothes – those stupid, stupid clothes – the real issue is this new attitude that apathy is cool. No, wait, that’s too positive. That’s admitting something is cool. I should say caring isn’t cool.
But, man, caring is so cool. Enthusiasm is really awesome. Have you ever met someone who genuinely likes something? It is beautiful to watch their eyes light up and just become amazingly happy as they rattle off stats or figures or types of bread or whatever (I’m not going to pretend to know what this hypothetical man or lady is into). I can listen to anyone talk if it’s something they’re really passionate about, barring Nazi sympathizers or people who like mayonnaise of course (it’s like Michelin Man blood).
I can’t pretend that I’m not guilty of not caring. Last Christmas I opened up a beautiful new video camera from my sisters, the only present I had really asked for. Now I know you’re thinking “Woah Shelby, we get it, no need to shove your advanced technology in our faces,” because apparently I assume you are all cavemen that exclusively listen to Zunes. The point is, after I opened this gift I had really, absolutely wanted, I stated in a deadpan voice, “Wow. Thank you. I love it.”
And how dare I? How dare I show so little feeling when inside I was so happy? It wasn’t fair – it was cruel. It was messed up. And I will always think back on that and cringe. As I type this my sister and I are watching a documentary on pandas. PANDAS! PANDA BEARS! Universally recognized as the cutest and most huggable quadroped. And do you know what I just said, after watching a woman literally CUDDLE WITH A PANDA?? “They’re probably annoying though.”
Look, I’m not saying you can’t be sad, or angry, or upset. You can be realistic and not take things at face value. But when you’re happy, just be happy. If you’re excited, oh man BE EXCITED. And don’t worry about not looking cool, because ten years later you won’t be psyched to have saved face in front of a bunch of strangers, but you’ll hate yourself for not dancing like crazy to your favorite song.
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