Last week, Candace Payne, AKA The Chewbacca Lady, literally broke records for expressing joy -- pure, unfiltered, in your face joy -- infectious and contagious in the best way, joy. I know you've all see the video by now -- I shared it on my Facebook page, as did so many others (checkout Candace on James Corden for an added dose of joy). She is proof of the power each of us has to show up fully and to express ourselves in love and joy, ANDhow that translates to the rest of the world. Over 140 million views on a video that isn't doom and gloom, that isn't shocking or controversial. She is joy expressed. She is the way you want to feel all of the time. She is a reminder that you can be excited, like really excited, that you don't have to pretend to be adult-like (I'm so tired of that even being a thing).
This also debunks all of those naysayers who believe that the Internet is bad and negative (kind of reminds me of people saying rock and roll is the devil). I remember when I decided to walk away from my prestigious social work program shortly after joining -- there was a case study I had to explore with a group of students about something negative that happened on social media. Just about all of the people in my group railed against social media and declared all of it negative, and I chimed in and disagreed, as Write for Healing was just starting and I deliberately created it to be full of positivity and asked you to join the path of positivity. I knew then that social work wasn't for me as it is a railing against approach to change rather than the let's express joy as much as possible approach I was leaning towards more and more.
I tell you this for so many reasons -- I love those who are in social work, just isn't the way that feels right to me. I love being in joy, of letting love and openness lead the way, of following what feels right, no matter what society tells you, of the kind of joy that transcends the belief that you need to tone it down, that being reserved and sensible is where it's at. Total b.s. Joy is what you crave. Joy is what I crave and embody as much as I know how. Joy has won this round, and I know the more Candaces we have expressing joy, the more we'll know it's okay to be happy and in total bliss.
Thank you to all of you seekers and expressers of joy. You are an example of the light that each of us wants to see more of.