Embarrass yourself, it builds character

On Christmas eve I was sitting in Living room by Aryel as Mrs. Claus and I loved it!
There wasn’t a lot of people who dared to visit me inside but almost everyone smiled or laughed as they walked by. It made my day! I was sitting there dancing and singing and even one old man started dancing outside the window. He gave me so much happiness by just goofing around!
And I hope that’s what I give to people everyday!
While some people just gave me the nod, I mean – Nod to Mrs. Claus? So you DON’T want any presents this Christmas?

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This got me thinking – when do we learn that something is embarrassing?
I remember when I was a kid and I accidentally knocked something over in the food store and my dad, who was with me at the time, was all the suddenly on the other side of the store! Embarrassed to be seen with me, and I was embarrassed too!
But now a days I honestly don’t care that much if people think I’m weird or if I embarrass myself.
The other day I was laying on the beach with a friend and he just turned to me and said ”Don’t you ever change, promise me that!”. I’m gonna stay goofy and just be awesome!

Smile at strangers – see what happens.

– ”Don’t you have sun in Sweden any longer?”
– ”No, we sold it to Australia for bacon and knackebrod.”

My stepdad is an expert at these comments;
Yesterday he said to me ”You’ve won the World Cup in Jet lag”, and I can see why. As soon as I sit down in the couch I fall asleep, just like that!

I love making people smile.
People here in Sweden are pretty stiff (not all of you).  – ”You shall not go around smiling for yourself, you shall not stand out of the crowd.”
What’s wrong with saying hi to a complete stranger?
Back home we do that all the time. The best thing about morning walks – the ”hellos”, ”good mornings” and all the smiley faces.
Here, it feels like I’m challenging the people I walk by in the streets. If I stare at you long enough maybe you will say ”hi” first. But often I have to do that, otherwise it will turn out to an awkward staring contest and me making my creepy ”Penny-face”. But, they may just need that stare from that special someone (YOU!) to smile back and you’ve given them a little bit of sunshine.

I went to buy lemons at the market the other day and I asked the guy how he was, and he just gave me this weird look with a very quiet ”good….”.
Here I may come off a little bit weird, that’s why Australia suits me. Nothing weird about asking a complete stranger how their day is going.

But, I’m gonna keep doing this because it makes me happy.
And happy = health. This is health to me – making someone smile for just a second, or maybe laugh! And it’s okay if you laugh at me. I will just take it as a compliment.

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