There a lot of things that I like to support. Movember is a great idea. Mother’s Day I like, International Men/Women’s Day, why not? What does irritate me are the “motivational days”.
No Smoking Day for example irritates me so much that it actually made me want to start smoking again. If showing smokers diseased lungs doesn’t make them want to stop the other 364 days of the year, a motivation “Let’s Stop Smoking” day is going to do sweet F A.
Smokers are well aware of what smoking can do, all the well intended motivational speeches do is actually serve to make us want to smoke more. Smokers quit when they are ready, and when they want to. So back off smoking police.
See, I wrote “us” there classifying myself as a smoker. I’ve actually given up, but when I wanted to, and I made damn sure it was a New Year’s resolution or because someone said I should.
Today is International Happiness Day. Well, that just makes me grumpy as hell. Enforced happiness. No thanks.
Happiness Day makes me think of when I have had dark days previously, or just a generally crappy day. You either get “Cheer up, it might never happen” which usually gets a glare from me. How do they know that it hasn’t happened, and what is “it”?
Then, sometimes, when a dark day strikes you get people saying “ Just look at all the good things in your life, you should be happy”. Well fuck off Mrs Sunshine, I am having a dark day, I can’t help it, now back off.
How about “Make someone smile” day. That’s manageable, that’s easy. I did that this morning (just in case you were thinking I’d turned into evil incarnate reading this blog post). I gave up my seat on the bus for an old lady and made her smile. Job done.
I think a new day should be created for “Have a Rant, Feel Better” day because you know what, I feel so much better now!
My (ok somewhat screwed up) rule of life: Never trust a person who is happy first thing in the morning. They are surely evil. Trust the person who rants. The person who has evil in their eyes before they get to coffee. You know what you are getting with us.