Zippity Do Dah is an Academy award winning song from the 1946 Disney classic feature film “Song of the South”. It is a wonderful day filled with sunshine and happiness. Shouting Zippity Do Dah may get you a few odd looks, smirks, and out right smiles but it will also spread happiness to all the poor unfortunate miserable souls around you. It is one of those happy phrases that make others wonder just what you are so happy about.
Saying it at the butt crack of dawn on Monday morning may confirm your admittance to the loony bin in a lot of people’s minds. A lot of people can not handle a person who believes that unicorns eat butterflies and poop out rainbows. Just think about that for a minute. How many people can turn $hit into rainbows and happiness? You have to admit, THAT is a gift.
Have you ever wondered why people are OK with a person being happy, but being a little too happy gives people pause? Why not be happy? Why not have your giggles bubbling up from deep in your soul at the craziest moments? It is a gift when you can find just one more reason for being glad. Even in life’s darkest hour there should be laughter and there should be an accounting of blessings. I am so thankful that even in the face of adversity it is a gift I possess.
I haven’t always had this annoying sunny disposition. I haven’t always been high on life. At many times, life just plain sucked and it was really hard to get passed that. There were times when I couldn’t find the ridiculous or the hilarity anywhere. I was miserable and depressed and very much the epitome of my favorite Winnie the Pooh character Eeyore. I was afraid to speak my mind. I was afraid to be too happy for fear of what others would think.
As I have grown older that fear has receded. When I am extremely nervous or anxious, giggles will rise to the surface, my words will tumble over themselves and I will focus on the funny. Where I would once recede into the quiet, shy depths of fear of what others might or did think, now I have been possessed with a refreshing half past give a $hit attitude. Honestly I credit it to the early throes of menopause. My confidence has risen like a phoenix from G0d only knows where. I must have always had the ability to be this way buried deep inside me but I often wonder how my life would have been different if this Kathy would have emerged earlier.
Why worry about things you can not change? Why moan about the cruelties of life? Why not find a reason to be glad, take stock in your blessings daily, and celebrate them? I admit the last several days have been dark with worry here in my neck of the woods. I realize all I can do is the best I can with the hand I am dealt.