THE HAPPINESS PRINCIPLE
In writing this article I was first inspired by the four images that are above. I found them while scouring tumblr on a few of my other (but not to be named) blogs. These blogs I don’t search for fashion, although it does pop up, but more for other images that inspire me. Generally whenever I see images like these I am often captured. I love seeing true genuine happiness expressed for a photo. Yes, many of these might have been poses, however I find it hard to look at them and not – smile. One of the biggest lessons I have learnt over the course of my few years living abroad (I put ‘abroad’ in loose terms here) is that being happy is a choice you make. It is so easy to fall into step with being unsatisfied with your life. So often I have seen people complain about their worlds but simply refuse to do nothing about it. It is your choice whether to smile back at that stranger or not. It is these simple things that can add a little bit of joy to your life. For myself personally, I love to just laugh. Not laugh at others necessarily but laugh at myself, at God – for He is funny! - at my crazy thoughts, at my horrible handwriting and the list goes on. I read an interesting post on instagram the other day saying how laughing at yourself is one of the best things you can do. In this day and age we become so caught up in everything that is seemingly going wrong so that we never capture the moments when things are going right. In life we will face hard times but if I have learnt anything it is to appreciate the good times more. Gain from life every bit that you can. If we love freely, give freely, have compassion, learn not to take ourselves so seriously and just genuinely begin to enjoy life for all that it has to offer us no matter how much or little we have I think we will be on a path to true happiness and joy.
“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.” - Audrey Hephburn
I am a woman. I am a practicing attorney. I am the only woman in my office over the age of 35 who doesn’t color her hair. I have some gray, but not a lot yet, and I never seriously considered coloring my hair until this job. I don’t want to: it’s expensive and a pain in the ass to keep up. About a year ago, I was in court, and a female attorney walked in with curly, bobbed, naturally gray hair, and her mere act of publicly displaying her natural hair color seemed not just unusual but defiant. Meanwhile many men in my office and in the courts have gray hair, and I doubt anyone thinks twice about it.
What a beautiful photoset of women. Women we don’t often see portrayed in the media, but these are, indeed, women — just as grey-haired men are men.
I can’t wait for grey. I hope it’s more on the white side.
Power is the ability not just to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person. The Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti writes ‘If you want to dispossess a people, the simplest way to do it is to tell their story and to start with secondly.'
Start the story with the arrows of the Native Americans and not with the arrival of the British and you have an entirely different story. Start the story with the failure of the African states and not with the colonial creation of the African state and you have an entirely different story."
Jenny Holzer - SURVIVAL, 1983-1985 (exhibited as part of Creative Time’s 42nd Street Project 1993)
"Like the Jenny Holzer pieces, you’ve got a lot of people saying, ‘What the fuck is that? What the fuck is that supposed to mean?’ And it’s like, well, why are you angry about that and you’re not angry about anything else you see here? About drug dealing, about people with drugs, about homelessness, but you’re getting mad about this sign because people feel it doesn’t belong here. And they feel all the other stuff does." (Theatre Electrician) (x)
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