The Plague of the “Happy Whens”
I used to be a “happy when” person. When I was an actress it was, “I’ll be happy when I work at such and such theatre.” Then once I worked there it turned into, “I’ll be happy when I get a better role at said theatre.” This would soon turn into, “I’ll be happy when I can work closer to home,” or, “I’ll be happy when I get my Actor’s Equity Card,” or, “I’ll be happy when I work with a certain director or choreographer.” It was an endless cycle of wanting more every time I had achieved something that was supposed to bring me joy.
I think all of us go through the “happy whens” at some point. I feel that we are endlessly bombarded with the thought that happiness is a choice. And though I thoroughly agree with this, it’s probably the last thing you want to hear…
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