so the self portrait challenge for september is "contrast".
sometimes when I am sullen, grey or moody, I feel the need to keep up a cheerful, enthusiastic disposition. I like that, as humans, we can show a contrasting emotion to the rest of the world, no matter what we are really feeling. this prevents pulling the rest of humanity in to our funk. a simple smile or just keeping my mouth shut does it for me. but I have to be careful. kept up too long, this happy charade can result in anger, resentment, or (worst of all) denial.
it's important to be able to experience the down and call a duck a duck. ducks carrying balloons are funny.