One thing I’ve learned is that the only person responsible for my happiness is me- not my husband, not my friends, not my family, but me. They all certainly add to my happiness, but they aren’t responsible for it. While in my pursuit of happiness, I have come across some little gems that cause me to smile, and I love passing them along to those I love and care about. After all, smiling and laughing elevate our mood, which greatly benefits our health.
So, with that in mind, I have to admit that one thing that makes me smile is…the movie Top Gun!! Yes, I just said the movie Top Gun. Come on ladies, I know we all enjoyed that movie, and all the airings on cable tv that we happen to catch. Well, if you enjoy the beach volleyball scene as much as I do (Tammy- if you are out there- I know you do!), or all the times they used the term “buzz the tower,” you will be thrilled to learn that Sunday is not only Mother’s Day, but it is also officially “Top Gun Day.” (I have to give a shout out to my dear friend Susie who just filled me in about this great “holiday!”)
Yes, it’s about to be Top Gun Day. Better get prepared to celebrate! The creators of Top Gun Day’s FaceBook page offer suggestions as to how best to celebrate. Some of their ideas include using as many Top Gun lines as possible throughout the day, wearing aviator sunglasses, going to a bar wearing a flight suit, only responding to the name “Slider,” playing beach volleyball in jeans, and my personal favorite, finding a way to “invert” yourself.
Of course I am being silly, but my point is simply that many times we look to the wrong things that we think will make us happy- new technology, a new car, piece of jewelry, vacation, etc. Or, we look to people that we think will make us happy. I feel that when we do this, we miss out on the subtle and simple things that can make us smile and laugh everyday, like fresh air on a walk, your husband’s and kids’ laughter, a snoring dog, or, yes, reruns of Top Gun.
So, while we celebrate both Mother’s Day and Top Gun Day on Sunday (clearly the first is far more important), let’s remember to pay more attention to the little things, and let’s not forget to be silly sometimes too. It helps prevent us from taking ourselves too seriously, and allows us to find more joy in our lives. Now…off to find myself some aviator shades…
Oh- don’t forget- just as good health is contagious, so is laughter- please, pass it on!