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Happy To Be Me


I’m happy to be me.
I might not be socially aware,
But I’m happy to be me.

I might get in people’s ways
By mistake,
But I’m happy to be me.

People might sometimes
Think I’m rude,
Though I never try to be.

I know I am not rude,
So I’m happy to be me!




Singing show tunes,
Good books,
Word games,
Helping others,
Jumping for joy.

Far Away


I found the class,
Got a spot
Of my own.
Tomorrow, first day,
But today, all that seems so far away.


Where’s my class gone?
Where’s the happiness it brought?
Will tomorrow come?
All that seems so far away.


Today is the middle of a
Mud sandwich,
Between two delectable
Slices of bread.
First slice behind me,

Second beyond.
Will I ever find it?
Will I slosh through the mud in time?


Maybe, but today,
All that seems
So far away.

Loving Leaves


Tree Picture 1 8:26:15
Beautiful leaves around the trees
Waving, whispering in the breeze.
They rub my head as I go by
All of them wanting to say “hi,”
Help me feel loved beneath the sky,
And make me feel happy
During difficult times.

Thoughts On Pixar’s “Inside Out”


A few weeks ago, I saw Pixar’s latest movie, “Inside Out.” One of the first things I noticed this movie was that Joy, the main character, an emotion inside 11-year-old Riley’s brain, is fashioned after Disney’s depiction of Tinkerbelle. Happiness means fairies! For this very special reason, Joy is my favorite character, in this movie which is rare for me. In most movies, the main character is not my favorite. I usually like villains and other side characters best. After Joy, though, my second favorite is Disgust. I love how she talks like a Valley Girl!
The beginning was nice, and I liked most of the middle, too. I loved how dreams are depicted like movies in Riley’s brain, Goofball Island and all the silly things it’s had Riley do throughout her life, and the different kinds of memories that are stored in Riley’s mind. I really liked how there’s both a Memory Dump and a storage place for Longterm Memories. Memories come and memories go, but some of them last forever.
My absolute favorite part of the movie, though, was the end. I won’t give away the end to people who haven’t seen it, but let’s just say I feel that it proves several of my most important beliefs to be true: Sometimes happiness is lost, but it can always be found again, sadness is just as important as joy, and, best of all: Childhood fantasies come and go, but joy lives on. “Inside Out” is a wonderful, creative, original movie, that proves many timeless truths in brand new ways. I think all stories should strive to combine originality with timelessness with methods such as “Inside Out’s.”

My Toolbox of Life


As yesterday’s poem may suggest, I have started working on a Toolbox of Life. The tools in this toolbox vary greatly in terms of how often I use them, what I use them for, what they mean to me, etc. I’m sure there are additional tools I haven’t thought of yet. Here are the tools I have come up with so far:

Self-discipline. This is one tool I know I lacked in college and to some extent still lack. With more self-discipline, I think I could be a better writer and blogger.

Courage. Of the three “Wizard of Oz” traits, this is the one I think I lacked the most in college. I’d probably be much prouder of my college education now if I’d had more courage at the time; courage to learn from my mistakes and do what I knew was right. I really like how courage is illustrated in “Minions” (a topic I will touch upon in another post), and I found a really powerful quote about courage that I like. It goes like this: “In life, you always have three choices: Give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got!” I think this quote could also be applied to self-discipline. I found it on Facebook, but it wasn’t attributed to anybody.

Passion, knowledge, and compassion. These tools, I feel, are more specific versions of the other two “Wizard of Oz” traits. Knowledge is a more specific version of Brain, while passion and compassion are more specific versions of Heart. I believe I have these traits in ample amounts and already use them on a regular basis, but there is always room for improvement. I will also start writing down instances of when and how I use them.

Memory and imagination. These are two other tools I feel I have in ample amounts and use on a regular basis. They are also two of my favorites. What I said about passion, knowledge, and compassion also applies to these two, though.

Happiness. This is a very important tool, but unfortunately, I think it is the one I sabotage the most for myself. I wouldn’t be surprised if many people who have depression and/or anxiety, like I do, have the same problem. How we use this tool in life is not always clear, but we all know how important it is to keep and cherish at all times.
To help with this, I have been looking into buying “Bucket Full of Happiness” books. These are children’s books, but I think they can be helpful for adults, too. One of them even says it is for people of all ages. These books focus mostly on filling your own happiness bucket by making other people happy. That concept is very important to me, and I will also try to remember that there are other ways to fill one’s own bucket, which are perfectly fine as long as they don’t “dip” buckets belonging to other people. For those of you who are interested, here is a link to the “Bucket Full of Happiness” web site.