Can I say how much it bothers me to see inspirational messages like these show up in my feed? Great, I’m all for trying to encourage your friends to improve their lives and be positive about the future. However, I take particular issue with the line here, and found elsewhere, that “Happiness is a choice.” No it isn’t. Happiness, like other emotions, is not a verb. It’s a noun that describes a reaction, often fleeting, derived from extraneous circumstances.
To suggest it is as simple as a choice to be happy also suggests that I and millions of people like me are choosing the depression and anxiety that we carry. At best it holds the same weight as the empty and false platitude that “Frowning takes more muscles than smiling!” At worst it can be interpreted as victim blaming those for not trying hard enough to choose their way out of their mental health struggles.
Perhaps choose your inspirational quotes more wisely.
How do I tell you what you mean to me when the sun steals you in the morning and the moon tucks you in at night, when the waves sail you towards uncharted dreams and the shores gift you castles for homes?
How do I tell you what you mean to me when raindrops get to feel the tenderness of your skin and the storms demand you to calm them, when the birds impress you with their love songs and the willow leaves sway you by dancing with the wind?
The entire universe has already grasped your attention, it has already called you its own. So what could I possibly say when you were never mine to begin with; how could I possibly tell you I love you as the avalanche buries me under, as the whirlpools take me down.