“Each of us must decide: Am I a fun-loving Tigger or am I a sad-sack Eeyore? Pick a camp.”
~ Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
Among my friends, I would say that I am the sad-sack Eeyore. I do not mean to be, but I suppose that is just who I am. I am not sure if I just feel things more deeply than my friends, or if they just hide it better, but many of my friends seem to skate happily through life, despite any traumas they may experience, while I seem to take to heart every little affliction that comes my way.
If something happens to me or if a thought crosses my mind, I like to examine it, process it, re-examine it, ponder about it, and then either hold onto it, or let it go. When things happen to my friends, they may think about it for a while, but then they let go of it immediately. They move on with unbelievable speed, and then you do not hear of it ever again.
I suppose part of the reason why I keep a journal is because it is a way for me to chronicle my life and thoughts. I told a friend of mine once about my diary habit, and she laughed and said that she would never waste precious time thinking about any event or idea long enough to ever write about it.
Do people like her heal more quickly than people like myself who analyze everything? I tend to think so. She has had her fair share of disappointments in life, but she seems to take things in much better stride than I ever would. People like her are like Tigger, fun-loving and “bouncy” while people like I am are like Eeyore, sad and ponderous.
I guess the Tiggers and Eeyores of this world need each other to balance out one another.