1570–80; < LL enth?siasmus < Gk enthousiasmós, equiv. toenthousí ( a ) possession by a god ( énthous, var. of éntheos having a god within, equiv. to en- en-2 + -thous, -theos god-possessing + -ia y 3 ) + -asmos, var., after vowel stems, of -ismos -ism
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”- Emerson
I think I may be one of the most enthusiastic people on the planet. Sometimes I get so excited about things in my life I think I might explode. It feels as if there is a carbonated drink that sits in the pit of my stomache and every now and then I decide to shake it up. The bubbles rise to the surface and I want to burst.
I love this feeling. I love caring about life so deeply.
However, I often feel the need to suppress this excitement. To somehow temper it, make it less important.
I am not sure if I am the only one with this experience, but something changed between 3rd and 4th grade. All of a sudden it became uncool to be excited about life.
The new cool was apathy. The new cool was exactly the word. Cold, hard and careless.
I distinctly remember being made fun of for being “perky”.
I propose a change. I propose a different approach to expression. Can you imagine how much things would shift if we all encouraged each other to be open about what we love. How much more joyful we would all be if we were told to share what we loved and point out what moved us. And even if it was a quiet experience, one we had privately without any discussion or noise, we could experience this without any judgement or embarrassment.
We are human beings who have tears and laughter. We sweat and dream and to disconnect from any of this is to disconnect from our most beautiful, innocent and honest selves.
Let’s vow to make uncool cool. Let’s transform apathy into enthusiasm and change black to hot pink.