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August 13 2016
In Defence of the "Bad Mood".

These days one feels increasingly guilty of being in a “bad mood”.  Just the title in itself says “BAD”.  Like a dog that pooped on the carpet, or a piece of fruit with a rotten core.  Bad Bad bad!

 I am here to defend the good old fashioned once in awhile bad mood.  Actually right now I am in a relatively good mood and what is making me kind of annoyed is thinking how guilty I felt about my bad mood a few days ago.   In this world of social media there is enough positive affirmations, uplifting quotes and fairy dust to make even the most positive person overwhelmed.   I believe that the rule “everything in moderation” even applies to happiness.   What? Are you kidding you say?  No, I am not.  If we didn’t have the down times, we would not recognize the the happy times.  Speaking for myself I know I need my bad moods once in awhile and I try to go with the flow the best I can without making anyone else around me miserable.  Basically, just leave me alone.  My latest bad mood lasted an afternoon and into the evening.  Some things came up I did not expect and I desperately needed quiet “alone time”. ( I was the kid in school who loved being put in the corner)  More than anything I needed to get into my studio and work.  Nothing stirs up a bad mood faster than not enough time in my creative zone.   Within this zone I solve many of life’s problems by painting them out and writing them down.  I work my way through issues while I paint and eventually I have to write thoughts down to stop the wheel from going around in a pattern of craziness.

 I am mostly always content within my life and the odd dark mood only helps to amplify the brightness of the bursts of happiness I experience.   So if you see me in a bad mood, don’t blow fairy dust into my face.  Leave it be.  Dark moods are part of my human process and sometimes one needs to ride on the “FU express” for a bit before transferring back onto the” happy train.” 

Note: Staying on the FU express too long may be a problem though…that’s another topic.  

Posted by Cindy Mawle at 01:34