As soon as March rolls around, I immediately think of Green Eggs and Ham, the most significant book when it comes to green-colored aliments. It’s a silly book, but as with all Seussian parables, it holds deep truths.
When you’re younger, these truths are much easier to follow:
Don’t listen to haters (even as they try repeatedly).
Stay positive (through life’s obstacles).
Try new things (even if they scare you).
As we creep up the ladder of age, we understand these truths but are less inclined to follow them. We are acutely aware of how others perceive us, whether we like it or not. We are jaded from work/family/money/politics/life. We are entrenched in our ways because these ways have brought us to where we are. Anything outside our comfort zone requires gargantuan levels of effort that honestly, we’re too tired for.
But remember how much fun being a kid was? Because we took everything in stride and simply lived for the sake of learning? That was some good shit. How do we more of that again?
Start small. Identify one hater who keeps bringing you down and pledge to move forward from them. Listen to loud music, preferably 2 Chainz, when you’re feeling sad (I literally did this last weekend). Dump a bunch of matcha in your waffle batter, borrow your housemate’s waffle iron, and make 20 waffles just for yourself.
These waffles were my personal way to start small. In a week, I’ll be off on my first solo trip in nearly a year and a half. A couple weeks after that, I’ll be starting a new job (more on that in this post). I’ve received a lot of pushback on both these things, for very warranted reasons. But I also know I have to follow my soul during these turbulent times. I have to stay positive that my commitment to the people I love outshine the short-term distress. I have to redefine what I want my life to look like romantically, personally, professionally, and creatively. I need to have my own version of green eggs and ham.