“Dance like nobody’s watching; love like you’ve never been hurt. Sing like nobody’s listening; live like it’s heaven on earth.” – Mark Twain.
It’s a commonly heard quote on the internet and I’m fairly sure I first heard/saw it when I used to frequent the Arwen Undomiel Forum’s back in… 2004ish. In part because Arwen, the long time webmistress of both the site and the forums made some lovely animated buttons promoting the sentiment and like all good fans we took to them like bee’s to honey.
This was my favourite, it’s linked to the page I saved it from. It still makes me smile.
Sure it’s not the whole quote, but it is the part that I’ve seen cited most often. Clearly if it is so popular Mark Twain was onto something, so perhaps it’s more of the choice way of life that many of us would like to live. A value to which we aspire. That some of us try to be like and I’d like to think that I at least give it a shot.
A smile can do a thousand wonders, after all. If anyone of you ever saw me shopping you might think my head is screwed on a little too loose because I can often be seen twirling and bouncing around the aisles as I find the things I want or need. I do this when I walk normally, too. I love to spin and twirl, I’m not opposed to skipping. Like yesterday when I said that I’m not afraid of being a little childish is true, and I think this quote is in part to blame.
I used to be utterly terrified of being seen as silly or childish, even when I was one. I thought seriousness was the key to being an adult and I wanted to grow up so bad.
I wasn’t entirely wrong, but I’m glad to say I’ve learned to sing like no one listens.
Smile, it won’t hurt you. It might even help.
And another thing to remember:
SANITY IS RELATIVE.