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Friday, September 5, 2008

Happy Pill

My friend arrived from school one day and she was a little too perky than she usually is. She was going around with the “too-happy-vibe” slashing everyone with how are you?s in the most pitchy and bubbly tone ever, beating any fast food chain cashiers or sales consultants in high end stores. Imagine that accompanied with an annoyingly infectious smile and it was a little too much for me to bear. One of our housemates, probably overwhelmed with the whole situation took the lead and asked her,

“Are you ok?”

“Of course,” she replied as she turned to her next “victim”.

“How are you, Joaqui?”

This was the fourth time she asked me that since she arrived which was just barely ten minutes back. I replied each and every single time trying to match her “too-happy-vibe” resulting to an imminent migraine attack, stomach upset and tension from head to toe on my end. This time around, I answered her question with another question,

“Why are you so freakishly happy today?”

“Because… Hmmmm, do I need a reason to be happy. I just am? Am I weird-ing you out?”

“Ahmm… yeah?!”

“Why?”

“Because people aren’t supposed to be happy. Happiness is a myth purported by those who excommunicated themselves from reality. Being happy does not fit the status quo. People are naturally sad and they are to stay that way in their lifetime. So when you are happy, you are not ok. Ok?”

“That’s sad.”

“I know.”

She fell silent for a few moments convincing me that I was able to exorcise whatever bad spirit that took over her well maintained and pampered body that day. I closed my eyes for a quick second as I inhale deeply feeling the victory over the whole situation when four ungodly words pierced my ears in that all too familiar pitchy and bubbly voice,

“How are you, Joaqui?”

11 comments:

enegue said...

who are we to burst one's bubble? di ba?

joaqui_miguel said...

I know. I was jsut trying to be the antagonist. I rarely play that role so for a change I tried. :) But then, clearly I failed.

Tristan Tan said...

love this! ;) hahaha

Aris said...

naloloka rin ang mga tao sa office kapag masyado akong pleasant at mabait haha!

nice post, joaqui. funny and haylavet! :)

KRIS JASPER VAN DYKE said...

How are u Joaqui?

Im happy if I have induced sleep without any chemical help.

How are you Joaqui?

joaqui_miguel said...

@tristan tan: Wow! Geez, I love this too. lol :)

@aris: "People are supposed to be sad and when you are happy you are not ok."

That's prolly why they have that kind of reaction. lol Am I being too negative? :)

Thanks aris! I appreciate it! :)

@kris jasper van dyke:

:)
:)
:)

RONeiluke, RN said...

hays... pain is already a cliched feeling. let me share this quote from OTH:

"Sometimes pain becomes such a huge part of your life that you expect it to always be there…because you can't remember a time in your life when it wasn't. But then one day you feel something else-something that feels wrong, only because it's so unfamiliar. And in that moment you realize…you're happy."

:)

KRIS JASPER VAN DYKE said...

How are you, Joaqui?

joaqui_miguel said...

@roneiluke,rn: That's a very nice quote. Thanks. :)

@kris jasper van dyke: :) :) :)

Looking For The Source said...

ha ha ha. parang nga weird yung ganun. parang ang labas eh pang pilit ng pagka-happy para maitago ung sadness na nararamdaman nya.

argh. works well for me..

"Because people aren’t supposed to be happy. Happiness is a myth purported by those who excommunicated themselves from reality. Being happy does not fit the status quo. People are naturally sad and they are to stay that way in their lifetime. So when you are happy, you are not ok."
>>>> true for me.

joaqui_miguel said...

@looking for the source: I guess, some people find it annoying when some people are in a happy mode because of jealousy. Since, we are not happy somehow we need to feel that we are not alone if only to make it a little bearable. After all, as they say, misery loves company.