It’s easier to be someone who is hard to please, rather than someone who is passionately, overwhelmingly enthusiastic.
As G. K. Chesterton perfectly captures it, “It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light.”
I think sometimes I err on the side of being the heavy, hard-to-please person, however much I wish I didn’t.
Is it a form of defense? A strange form of lethargy?
Being openly enthusiastic can be a vulnerable place as you let people in on what makes you tick, what sets your heart alight. It can also take a lot of energy to be up-beat. But, it’s important to remember that enthusiasm breeds enthusiasm, it feeds energy – you’ve just got to be ready to meet it with open arms.
Forget fear of judgement and everyday exhaustion. It’s time to start choosing brilliant, bubbling, heart-bursting enthusiasm instead.
I am an enthusiast
Inspired by The Enthusiast (and motivated by the boldness of this orange jumper), I want to celebrate my own enthusiasm and the enthusiasm of others. I’m going to stop apologising for my enthusiasm, stop watering it down.
Let’s stop keeping it in our chests, and instead share it with others.
So, putting my money where my mouth is, here’s a few things I am unapologetically enthusiastic about. And, hey! If you want to join me in changing this habit too, there’s some great tips on how to be more enthusiastic on The Enthusiast’s blog.
- Great films that I can watch over and over (and over!) again and not get sick of talking about (i.e Shaun of The Dead, Joker, Hereditary, Krampus… the list goes on!)
- My cat (I even have his name tattooed on my arm)
- Anything to do with Everest (in particular, Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer)
- Travel and exploring new places
- Film photography
- Bright, heavy eyeshadow
- Philadelphia, USA (and the amazing friends we have there)
- Supporting small, local and independent businesses
- The Simpsons, Seasons 1 – 10 (the golden era!)
- Graffiti-spotting around different cities
- Photobooths with friends
- A great cup of coffee
- Craft beer pubs and bars
- Amazing vegan food
- Perfectly soft and oversized vintage jumpers
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (Surprise, surprise)
What are you enthusiastic about?
Let me know, I’d genuinely love to hear!