Monday, 4 August 2014

Musically Inspired - Exaggerated Enjoyment

     Best Day EVER! We do have a tendency to exaggerate don’t we? I think everybody is guilty of this at one time or another. Superlatives and exclamations roll off our tongues so easily and if we were to take them all literally then our lives would be infinitely more exciting than they are in reality.

Best Day Ever
     Hyperbole is a part of human expression. Our language has evolved to be full of metaphors and idioms and clich├ęs, which are not meant to be taken literally. They are means of expressing sentiments that are too big and abstract and complicated to be explained in literal terms. Humans have emotions that are so far beyond complicated that we cannot even begin to rationalise and explain them much of the time, so we have found alternative methods of expression. We go so far as to use art forms like music and painting to express what we cannot put into words. And therefore, when we do use language, it has to be different and metaphorical to even attempt to describe what we are feeling.

     So we don’t have to be accurate and literal all the time. Yes, we might be stretching the truth when we make these declarations, but perhaps they are merely a reflection of our emotional states. If any little thing brings us happiness, then we should celebrate it. The world has some pretty gloomy aspects to it, so we should relish the things that bring us pleasure. Not everything can be the best thing ever of course, but in that particular moment it might seem to be, especially if life has been getting you down up until that point.

     The little things in life are just that – little. But if we add them all up they become significant portions of our time and without them our days would seem pretty mundane and pointless. We have the capacity as humans, to see beauty all around us, in all sorts of different manifestations. Anything from a child’s laughter, to a postcard from a friend, to the first sip of a cold beer can put a smile on someone’s face. Optimism is such a valuable trait, given the present state of the world we live in.

     So embrace happiness and positivity, and relish the moments that make you happy. The simple things are what make our daily lives more bearable. Realistically, not every day can be the best one ever, but say it anyway!

Song: 'Best Day of My Life' - American Authors


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