Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Deconstructing Happiness

This is how you do it. Choose a sad song. Preferably a song that brings tears to your eyes unbidden the moment it starts. In my case, it was Yaariyan from Cocktail. I didn't choose it so to speak, it just came on randomly while I was listening to music.

Then you get a baseball bat, and break loose. Break it against the windows, against the door, against the walls, against the mirrors. Line up your favourite possessions and break them to smithereens, one by one, or all together if that's what you want. Take everything that belongs to you and smash it all to pieces. Everything that ever brought a smile to your face, anything that made you happy, break it all apart.

Happiness is a futile emotion. It comes so fleetingly that you wonder if it were ever there. It's that sand castle you built when you were a child with innocent hopes and it all fell apart. Another kid running over it, a wave overcoming and washing it away, a parent telling you to stop making a mess and kicking it over. That's what happens to happiness. When you summon up every ounce of yourself to rebuild it, someone else comes to knock it over.

So pick up that bat, and break it all down. Break it all down before you break again.

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  1. Well, that can be one case - break it all . But in the end we end up more sadder and angrier(may be)than we were earlier because the things we broke resembled happiness sometime back. Isn't that so ?

    I think we should be finding a way to Construct Happiness from sadness/anger may be rather than giving a chance to break us again. And let me rephrase this line - 'When you summon up every ounce of yourself to rebuild it, someone else comes to knock it over.' - When you summon up every ounce of yourself to rebuild it, before someone else comes to knock it over, stop them and may be say "This makes me happy and you got no right to spoil it" or something like that.

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    1. Two thumbs up Ajay :)

      ...Sometimes the way people find strength and faith and hope is by reaching out to give the same to someone else.

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    1. Break it apart, build it, break it apart, build it, and keep breaking it apart and building it until you learn to build it in a way that even you can't break it :)


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    2. I think I just confused myself there o_O

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    3. No - I totally got it and it totally makes sense.

      As to why - it's just the state and thoughts I found conjured up by the combination of a temporary state of mind and that song :D

      Sometimes when emotions are brimming so much so as to vividly express itself...it's an opportunity an artist doesn't relinquish.

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    4. Phewwww, she's alright :)

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  3. Even if happiness is a fleeting emotion, I'd like to not break it....I like the feeling of being happy without worrying whether or not it will last............ if its there...... cherish it =] whether or not it lasts is a different issue, but then again ... just my opinion.

    No baseball bats for me. :)

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    1. "I like the feeling of being happy without worrying whether or not it will last............ if its there...... cherish it =] " That sounds like ME. Nice sentiment. But there are people who ruin the 'moment' by worrying and expecting that it won't last, they don't let themselves BE happy or express the true state of happiness because they're already cautious and anxious that it's going to go away. But its easier for them is to dwell on anger or sadness and express it so much as to spread distress and sadness by dwelling on the things/catastrophes/disasters that they cannot do anything about, so that all they do is suffocate any semblance of happiness. So either way.

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  4. "Then you get a baseball bat, and break loose. Break it against the windows, against the door, against the walls, against the mirrors. Line up your favourite possessions and break them to smithereens, one by one, or all together if that's what you want. Take everything that belongs to you and smash it all to pieces. Everything that ever brought a smile to your face, anything that made you happy, break it all apart."




















    SPEECHLESS O_O

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  5. "There is no shame in beginning again, for you get a chance to build bigger and better than before." - Leon Brown

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