Today, on my walk, I started thinking about toxic positivity and toxic negativity. I thought about the whole glass full vs glass empty thing. And then I decided that assuming the person in question actually LIKES and WANTS the liquid in the glass is an aspect of toxic positivity. A half full glass of something that is disgusting to us is not a good thing. Beyond the glass thing, here are some real world examples: 1. A family member is going on vacation. We check the weather forecast for where they are staying. We see that every day is supposed to be in the 80's and sunny. You really lucked out with the weather for this trip! we say, You're going to have a great time! I hope you will count your blessings. But if we had listened to our family member in the past, we would understand that they are heat sensitive and don't like sunny weather. They prefer cooler, cloudy weather. And they love thunderstorms. 2. Our coworker is surprised, by their boyfriend, with a huge expen
While in the pool today, I had some thoughts. And the thoughts led me to imagining my family as Sims. I think from 2017-2019, it was like we were playing the pets expansion pack. We all had pets before, but in those years, the pet thing kind of blew up. My parents adopted two dogs. We adopted Annie and Yeti One of my sister's family ended up with five dogs. Though they might have gotten the fifth dog during the pandemic. I forget. Anyway.... In 2020, we were supposed to install the university expansion pack. Jack and his cousin were starting college. And we did play that. But it's like we unknowingly also installed two bonus expansion packs: Pandemic! and Disaster! Our house was very damaged in the Texas winter storm. Ever since then, I have felt weird. I guess life has felt less real to me? It feels sort of like I'm in a long dream, or we're all living in a movie. Another analogy I came up with is the end of the school year where you have classes but you'