I went into the clinic for an x-ray the other day and was pleasantly surprised. Normally hospitals and clinics are pretty serious and well, clinical places. Imagine my surprise when the lady doing my x-rays puts on this rather cool apron and hat; black with skulls all over it. I thought it was so awesome that someone had a sense of humour and created a relevant yet functional piece of clothing. If I was a nurse I would much rather wear an apron like that than a boring old plain black one, wouldn’t you?
When I mentioned it to the nurse, she said that you wouldn’t believe how offended some people got. Now I suppose I would be completely remiss to mention that of course I get the context of death, and I know it could conjure up the image of a sulky teenage type, wearing black and listening to heavy metal, if you choose to see it that way. But I chose to see a clever design mind, who thought about what the x-ray department do and then came up with skulls. It struck me that the apron was just that an apron, but that it could evoke feelings of pleasure and happiness or of fear and disgust.
Life is a bit like this. You’ve heard of a ‘glass half full’ kinda person, someone who chooses to look at the positive in every situation. Well I choose to be this kind of person; yes choose. It’s a choice. It’s entirely up to you how you want to go through life. Life is far more interesting and I am far happier when I see the good and the positive versus choosing to focus on the negative. I find it keeps me in a better frame of mind, more motivated and certainly more inspired to go out there and do my best every day.
So you choose. See the humour and the clever design or the negative connotations. It’s entirely up to you.