Last night I saw Taylor Swift in concert, and it was amazing (not to mention the perfect ending to my week of The Happiness Project!). Everything about the concert was incredible; the opening acts (Shawn Mendes and Vance Joy), the surprise guest (Charli XCX, who sung “Boom Clap” from The Fault in our Stars), the dancing, the costumes, and the singing. Did I mention that it was amazing?
Aside from Taylor’s performances, one thing that really stuck out to me was the inspiring speeches she gave in between her songs. Before she sung ‘Clean’, she spoke about how certain people make an effort to be cool by being unenthusiastic. The 50,000 fans dancing and singing as if no one was watching, she said, demonstrated that it’s okay to be excited. She alluded to the idea that instead of aiming to be “cool” , people should aim to be happy.
I wanted to share that message, because I think it’s an important one. There are a lot of things (such as advertisements) that say that it’s not cool to be excited. But it’s not fun at all to act indifferent when you care about something and want to get excited about it; and I don’t think it’s “cool”, either. What’s cool is being yourself, and being excited about what makes you happy. Don’t ever hesitate to act excited because you think it won’t “look cool”. Being cool isn’t important; being happy is, and you can be happy by being excited about things you care about.
Throughout this week, as I wrote posts for The Happiness Project, I found myself realizing just how many small, seemingly insignificant things made me happy. The concert last night was a big thing that made me happy – but it was still made up of smaller happy moments, like the aforementioned Clean speech.
As I’ve already mentioned, simply writing posts for the project made me feel happy because I was aware of all of the moments that made me happy. In addition, because of this project during the week I was constantly thinking about happiness (which made me feel even happier).
In my first post for the project, I use a story from Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist to explain what happiness is. I wrote that throughout the week, I would “try to see the marvels of my world while remembering the drops of oil on my spoon” just as the main character in the book learns to do.
Looking back, I definitely accomplished that goal. I saw plenty of marvels – Taylor Swift among them – but I also focused on my responsibilites (like my homework). I hope that in the future I can continue to balance these two things and continue to be as happy as I was this week.
Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in The Happiness Project this week. A huge thank you to Sydney for organizing it. If the project sounds exciting to you, head over to Sydney’s blog to get involved!