This might be long(ish)… And probably a little confusing.
I hope you’ll bear with me.
So, today I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. A LOT.
It all started this morning when I was scrolling down my Instagram stream, and noticed a post from one of my favorite Danish authors, Meik Wiking. Meik wrote (amongst others) The little book of Hygge that I recommend to anyone interested in the Danish culture. He also works for the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen (and no, this is not a joke).
Mr Weikin was mentionning in his post, how he had just turned 44 years old, and that, by their studies’ figures, meant that he was at the unhappiest stage of his life. As he explained, said studies clearly established that the average human was happier during his youngest and latest years. The general curb is ”U” shaped, with its lowest point being…
At the age of 44.
And I am 44 too. And that’s when my hamster brain hopped in its wheel.
Now, I must admit that the last two years have not been my favorite, to say the least. Like most of you, probably, given the circumstances. But (and I am not playing the pity card here) I have a feeling that the pandemic brought back some signs of the severe depression I suffered from in my early thirties.
Not the dark thoughts, not the very bad things that I got rid of back then. But I’ve slowly started to feel a numbness that isn’t like me. And over the months, and now the years, it takes me more and more time to charge my batteries up.
This translated into me being less and less inspirated. And keeping up with things is more challenging too. I’ve become less good a partner, a daughter, a sister, a friend. Not because of lack of care, but because I am just dang worn out.
But the good thing, if Meik is right (and he should be, he is a professional in the happiness science, and he is a Dane!), is that things should get better and better from now on.
I thought (yeah, the thinking isn’t over… far from it!) that what I missed the most from my golden times as a blogger, was when I mingled a lot, and brought people together and played a real role in the community.
And I had a flash… With everything that’s going wrong in the world right now, covid (I don’t believe we’re quite out of the woods just yet, but I hope I’m wrong), the war in Ukraine (and elsewhere), the problems going on in the United States (not my home country, but let’s face it, we share North America, so when it’s hurting, so are we), the inflation all around the globe and -add your own concern here- , we need something positive happening.
At least I do.
(Remember, I told you it’d be long)
So I thought, and thought. I wondered what I’d really like to do, if I could.
And I figured that what would have been the greatest feeling, would have been to make people all around the world express kindness at the same time. But I’m not fool enough to think that people would wake up in the middle of the night to do just that.
Time zones quickly got in the way of my wannabe plan.
But what it we set a precise time, on a precise date, and invited people to express kindness in a simple, free way? That would create a literal wave of kindness around the world.
Now, before sharing that kind of insane plan on my blog, I usually run it by Chéri first, or by one (or many) of my friends. And they usually tell me ”Yeah, it’s nice, but you’re probably going to waste your time”.
I didn’t this time. Because I really need to try it.
You think the ”thinking” is over? Think again!
July 30th is the International Friendship Day. And guess what? This year, it’s on a Saturday! I believe that’s what convinced me that my idea was cool.
It’s just far away enough to plan and work on it, and close enought so that people won’t think ”Oh nice idea” and then forget about it.
I’ve thought of a name for the eventual event, and just to be clear… I am sick and tired of all of the divisions in our societies… So it wouldn’t be a protest (we’ve all had too much of these, right?). It would be a manifestation, a celebration of kindness.
As inclusive as can be.
(Yes, the thinking is coming to an end)
I will need a little bit of help, if you Lovelies are in. But I have great expectations… This could be awesome!
I’m sorry, I won’t wiggle my boobs for World Peace… But I think a wave around the world could be almost as exciting. And you won’t have to wiggle your boobs or show your abbs for it either.