I stumbled upon it, almost by accident, tripping over it as I searched for happiness.
It came to me in the form of Stephen Fry. Or rather, in his voice. Stephen Fry has just narrated a series of short animations for the British Humanist Association.
I do not belong to any Humanist groups, but I do consider myself a humanist. My husband and I did not have a religious wedding and we chose a Humanist Naming and Welcome Ceremony for our daughter rather than a Christening. I respect other peoples religions and views on the world but I have never felt religious myself. I first researched Humanism after my grandfather’s funeral, saddened by the suggestion that God will comfort those who believe and that if you are Christian then you will receive support. It angered me that a time of grief I felt was being lectured about God. I felt that there had to be a way to celebrate life and to guide people to live good and just lives without it being because God told them to. For me, humanism fits. It makes sense. It just works.
So, anyway, I stumbled across this animation, and I had a light bulb moment.
At first glance, I can see that a video about death, being the catalyst for me finding a reason for life, may seem a little contradictory, but, think about it.
Here and Now.
Meaning and Purpose.
For the one life we have.
This is it folks. I realise that to some that may seem a bit depressing, frightening even, but for me it has given me a burst of energy and positivity.
This is it.
This is all there is.
I will live on in the minds of those who I loved, and who loved me. The good things I have done with my life, will have an impact on the world I am in, the world my daughter (and any future children and grandchildren) will grow up in.
This inspired me to watch the other animations on this page, and “How can I be happy” sums up exactly the conclusion I had come to myself.
The time to be happy is now.
I can do it, and I will do it. In fact, I’m doing it now!
These animations have really given me the kick I needed to get up and get on. And to do that with a genuine smile on my face, not a mask, a genuine smile.
I am not naïve, I have post natal depression and I know that this will not go away with the discovery of a cool cartoon. But it will go away with support of medication and with a practiced new way of thinking. For now I have found that, and I am working hard and practicing hard.
I will enjoy life, and live it to the full. I will continue to strive to make an impact on the world and to develop myself through creative and intelligent projects. (I have one simmering right now.)