Firstly, let’s just notice the fact that I’m posting twice in the same month – something that hasn’t happened in forever, which is both sad and happy. I mean, I need to post more, but also, I posted twice in a month!
Secondly, my blogiversary happened sometime this month – three years, you guys! That’s insane. It feels like forever ago that I started this blog and was so proud of my very first pieces of writing then
the crinnggeee, ow and now we’re here. Pretty crazy how much my writing style has grown but also stayed the same over the years.
Something I’ve been thinking about lately is entertainment’s pull recently to be more “realistic” and “gritty” and “disturbing”. I keep seeing articles with “15 Ways This Popular Franchise Is Unrealistic”, “Particular Disturbing Drama is What We Need In 2019”, “This Popular Show Sheds Light On Disturbing Illegal Things”, etc.
And I understand that art is supposed to be in your face sometimes. It can be so good for art to grab people and force them to open their eyes and ears to things they have refused to acknowledge. That’s good, we need to be aware that the world is broken so that we can do our best to help.
But on the other hand, I think that the majority of people are aware that the world is broken. We know that this world is sinful and relationships are broken and there are things that happen that we can not fix or stifle no matter how fast and loud we talk. And it is with that heavy heart that I wearily click off of the news, that I turn my eyes away from ads, that I try to skim Netflix titles as quick as I can before they grab at my heart and make me want to cry.
Most times, when I pick up a book or turn on my computer, I want to find something that gives me a reason to look out my window and see the sunshine that today is bringing, not the mud puddles of yesterday.
That’s a metaphor, cause it never rains here. I want to watch something that will make me smile, make me laugh. And I think that is just as valid as anything that is realistic and powerful.
Cause the truth is that sometimes, things don’t need to be realistic. They don’t need to be gritty or compelling or “woke”, sometimes they just need to make you happy. Sometimes you just need to laugh or smile.
So protect those things. Watch Highschool Musical for the 15th time, binge Studio C, pick up that well worn book and read all your favorite parts. Protect the things that make you happy, and don’t let anyone tell you they aren’t compelling enough.
Sometimes things exist just to give you happiness, and that is enough.
What are your happy things? Mine are: Studio C, Blimey Cow, Jack Johnson, John Crist, Big Nate, Understood Betsy, Full House, and baking shows. Any baking show. I love them.