Perk Up, Buttercup

Last week at my job, my coworker looked at me and said, “are you this damn happy all the time?” I’m not going to lie. I was completely flattered because the truth is, I’m not always happy. I am however, ALWAYS hopeful. It took a lot of work to get me to a 24/7, 365 space of semi sunshine on the darkest days’ type of mental space. I appreciate my job but much like 80 percent of the world, it is not my passion. My passion (go figure) is writing.

There are days when I feel like I’d much rather get a root canal than walk into work. I have mastered the art of pumping myself up every single morning by having a full-on gospel concert in my car before I give my job 8 hours of my time and devotion. When I say, I have a full-on concert, I mean it. I sing at the top of my lungs, whip my head back and forth and basically it’s just me and the good ol’ Holy Ghost for a solid 15 minutes. I consider it as a mental cup of coffee and a spiritual perk up.

When I told my coworker this bit of news, he looked at me like I had two heads. He then began asking me a multitude of questions like “So you pray every day?” and “you wake up at what time to do all of this?” He was floored that I had a “perk up, buttercup” routine and I was shocked that he didn’t. I mean, how do you survive in this world without a solid foundation to keep you uplifted?

My wheels began to turn. I thought, maybe some people shop to stay happy or maybe some people go out and party to perk up. I then settled on the thought that maybe some people just wait for the fleeting feelings of sadness to pass. Either way, we all have our methods. My method works for me. I’m not always happy but you better believe that I will find a silver lining and hang on to it for dear life. So, to all the people searching for ways to stay perky, you are more that welcome to borrow my method. If it doesn’t work for you, try getting a pedicure. That’s cool too!

Stay perked up, prayed up (if that’s your thing), and most up all.. stay up!! Go get em!!