Sooo I totally meant to write a post yesterday, but it didn’t happen… whoopsie-daisy!
2 very important occasions on March 20:
1. First Day of Spring! This is both less significant and less infuriating in San Diego than in places that actually have Winter. Less significant because there are very few days in Southern California that don’t feel like Spring (jealous? Come visit!). Less infuriating because the first day of Spring in so many other places rarely acts as a true harbinger of nice weather, and mocks you with its lies and empty promises! … I’m not sure it’s possible to understand true hatred for this day until you’ve lived in a place that makes you yearn for Spring… As disgusting as Winter can be, at least it knows what it is and (for the most part) wallows in it. March and April in so many places (I’m
looking glaring at you, Toronto) are weeks full of teases — one day it’s 70 and sunny, and you maniacally pull on your shorts and tank tops and spend hours outside like it’s your first day on Earth…. and the next day it’s -10 and snowing. And you cry. Because even though you promised yourself you’d never let it happen again, you let Spring draw you in and make you think that this time, it wouldn’t ditch you. But it does. It always does.
Wow, apparently I have some deep-seated strong feelings on this topic. Let’s move onto a nicer one, shall we?
2. International Day of Happiness! From www.dayofhappiness.net :
The Day of Happiness campaign is a global celebration to mark the UN International Day of Happiness… A profound shift in attitudes is underway all over the world. People are now recognising that progress should be about increasing human happiness and wellbeing, not just growing the economy. All 193 United Nations member states have adopted a resolution calling for happiness to be given greater priority and March 20 has been declared as the International Day of Happiness.
In July 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a groundbreaking resolution which recognised happiness as a ‘fundamental human goal’ and called for ‘a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes… happiness and well-being of all peoples.’
How cool is that? Kind of sad that we live in a world where people have to have a convention to come to that conclusion…. but that conclusion is SUPER great, so it’s cool! Check out some of the #happinessday posts if you want to confirm your faith in humanity. And naturally, at this point, this has to happen.
Obviously, the point is not that there needs to be a day dedicated to happiness, because otherwise people will always be miserable. This day exists because it’s important to remind ourselves that making happiness a priority in our lives is a choice, and SUCH an important one! I was inspired to join the 100 Happy Days movement, so you can follow me on twitter and/or instagram to see photos of what makes me happy! I’m on day #8 and feeling great! (I swear I didn’t plan that — it just worked out that way! AWESOME!)
What’s making me happy right now? Well, I’m busy busy busy getting ready for the South Park Walkabout tomorrow, which I’m SO excited about! It’s from 6-10 in downtown South Park, and I’ll be stationed in the Grove bookstore from 6-10 pm, selling all kinds of floral creations. I’d be ever so pleased of you’d come say “HEY”, buds!
Hope to see you tomorrow, then!