When I started this blog, a friend called it “Plastic Sarah” – because this is where I often tried to keep things positive and light and never really touched on things that were bothering me or not right in my world or even remotely unpleasant. I think there have been times when I have taken a break from the norm and spewed a little here, but for the most part, yeah… I try to be positive.
I think there’s a lot to be said for putting on a happy face when you’re not feeling it. It makes me think of Ben Affleck in The Boiler Room (“It makes me think of Ben Affleck…” – words I never thought I’d say): “There’s an important phrase that we use here, and think it’s time that you all learned it. Act as if.”
Acting as if doesn’t really mean that everything’s perfect or that I really am feeling joyous and peppy, but it’s sure easier to feel hopeful and optimistic if I’m not mired in gloom – and frankly? I prefer hope. I prefer thinking that things will be better at some point, and when you’re looking for the bright side of every situation, you’re more likely to find it. That may sound disgustingly Pollyanna-like, but… I’ll accept that.
I took my kids to the beach the other day, and I’ll be writing about that soon. I’ve been listening to some new music, and I’m sure I’ll mention that at some point. I am not a fan of this 90°+ weather we’ve got going on and how the circumference of my frizzy hair gets bigger as the humidity rises… and you’ll be hearing about that until autumn.
But right now, finding the words to put here is a bit tough, and I’m trying.
And I’m trying with a smile on because that’s what I do.