When I’m Not Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy
I used to work with a guy who when he was miserable (which was a lot - his favorite response when you would ask how he was doing would be, "Kill me." This holds to this day in addition to the eight years that I worked with him) So when he was miserable (or at least giving the appearance of being miserable) I would always say that we needed shirts with his picture on them that said, "When I'm Not Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy" - Don't Get Me Started!
I have always prided myself on being upbeat and happy-go-lucky seeming when I'm at work. There are too many people in most jobs who are so unhappy why add to the cloud, right? But let me tell you that it can be exhausting. It's like doing Nicholas Nickelby or something (the stage show that was so long it took two days to see it and they gave lunch breaks each day). You see, when you're on stage for that long a period of time, you have no re-charge time. Thus those of us who seem like the office sprite (or fairy as it were) go home, take off our smiles and basically become slugs until the next day when we shower, shave, put some Fresca on our panty shields and begin again. It's a little like the directions on a shampoo bottle, rinse and repeat.
So this morning when I rolled over when I should have rolled out of bed to begin again at the gym which has not seen me in months (I know they're worried about me) and as I once again found myself sucking in my gut in a desperate attempt to fit into my "fat" pants and began my drive to work where no one seems to know how to use turn signals, their accelerators or anything else that would keep them out of my way and my wrath I realized that some days there's just no way to do what you've always done, to be that happy swell guy everyone loves to think is so happy. ARGHHHH!!!
I'm usually the first person at work so it gave me some time to reflect and put on my emotional makeup. I can't be this miserable person today I just can't so I have to find a way to readjust my attitude. I thought of doing some Yoga but the chances of someone walking in while I'm in "down dog" are too great, maybe just some deep breaths but as I'm an "overdoer" I'd most likely end up hyperventilating, hitting my head on the desk and end up not only pissed but with a black eye. No, the idea of emotional makeup I think is the right idea I think. As we all know, when makeup is applied correctly it just manages to enhance your appearance and make it look better but it doesn't take away the blemishes underneath. So I'm thinking that I've got to pull out my mental foundation to cover my bad attitude, my eye lash curler to make my eyes seem less squinty and jaded and carefully apply some rouge to make my disposition a bit rosier. Can it be done? That remains to be seen but what I do know is that just like makeup, it's a very thin veneer so although it may hold up all day, no one better really piss me off or it will all crack off my face and I'll become the person no one wants to wake up next to (no makeup, morning breath, fucked up hair and scratching my ass). Because remember, when I'm not happy ain't nobody happy! - Don't Get Me Started!
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