What’s wrong with being happy?

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, there’s a good possibility you’ve wanted to unfollow me over the last two weeks.

I’ll unashamedly say that life has been good. From six-course meals paired with some of the best wines in the world at The Saxon’s Five Hundred, to (multiple) visits to the Kamers vol Geskenke market that popped up to Johannesburg this weekend. From home-cooked lamb poitjies and fruity red wine on chilly autumn evenings, to big fat Greek Easter celebrations with extended, blended families and friends on warm Jozi afternoons. This long Easter weekend allowed me the freedom to be HAPPY.

The trend online at the moment is to either avoid posting any “happy” stuff because, it’s obviously upsetting to people who aren’t happy (see all of the #100HappyDays hate) or to bash those who “post too much happy stuff and ‘hide’ the negative”.

After a 10-day social media hiatus a couple of weeks ago due mainly to GIGANTIC egos, desktop activists, insta-experts and the constant passive-aggressive behaviour towards people who are just happy by nature (SUE ME!), I was at peace. I’d enjoyed my time off. I didn’t feel like I’d missed out on anything because I hadn’t checked my Twitter or Facebook pages. I think, and this is pretty hard to do as I work in social media all day long, that my time out has changed the way I use social media.

I’m one of those people who post positive pictures and status updates, and I want to become less aware of who likes or dislikes what I share. At the end of the day, they’re my platforms. Mine. Anyone who follows me chooses to do so. And the people who missed me and my happy, perky ways, told me so.

Following my own advice, I have unfollowed a lot of the people who I was afraid to offend or who annoyed me from time-to-time with their negativity or passive aggressiveness. The greatest feeling comes from clicking that unfollow button. It strikes me as strange when someone KNOWS that you’ve unfollowed them. Does it really matter? Why?

Social media has changed the way we live, love, interact and even shy away from social situations. I think that it’s different for each individual and I’m glad that I’ve found my, for lack of a better word, happy place.

To end off, here’s something I found online today, that makes ME happy …

Image – AFP