Lights, Camera… Happiness

Get Off Of My Cloud!
By Lauren Harper
Mick Jagger preached it well, “Hey! You! Get off of my cloud.” 

Sure the lyrics can be taken literally or have a cool secret rock n roll meaning like, “don’t mooch off of my drug pile or get away from my groupies.” I like to think that he’s literally saying, “get off my back man! I’m happy and don’t you dare bring me down.”

Welcome to my life. Also, I am sure this is how you feel too, so I guess thank you for inviting me into your life.

You don’t need a college degree to be good at bringing people down. You also don’t need a college degree to know when they’re doing it. However, what does take finesse and practice is learning how to cope with these people and give the middle finger…not literally though, a metaphor if you will.

You have to accept that the majority of people walking around have two faces. One moment you think you have met the lovely Dr. Jekyll who perhaps lent you a quarter to pay the meter or kindly gave you a ride to LAX. Then you turn around and what?! How could this be? Mr. Hyde appears out of nowhere and suddenly you’ve been backstabbed, betrayed or the victim of tacky gossip. If this is a daily occurrence for you, then you’re in the right place! Planet Earth.

I don’t want to sound jaded or weird or whatever, but it’s this acceptance and general knowledge about people you interact with that can further strengthen your inner confidence and happiness.

I don’t have all the answers but what I do have is experience. I won’t burden you with Dr. Phil appropriate conversations of what my life was like in high school or that my parents are divorced or that I’ve been ostracized in school-yard bully situations. None of this matters. What does matter and what makes my life easier each day in Hollywood is my ever-changing mentality. How I choose to think regardless of the circumstance. How I choose to metaphorically give the middle finger. Sure, I could easily break, start crying and wallow in a state of fake depression because of course! That’s the easy way out. However I refuse to let others bring me down. I refuse to let someone else make me feel inferior or not worthy. I refuse to let other people kick me off my cloud.

Life is beautiful and exciting and the world is your oyster (I still don’t know what that means) BUT it ain’t a bowl of cherries either.

I guess I’ll let John Wilmot, the 2nd Earl of Rochester (Johnny Depp’s character in The Libertine) sum up what I’m trying to say and what one should accept with a smile in order to move forward with self assurance and happiness: “…you must acquire the trick of ignoring those who do not like you. In my experience, those who do not like you fall into two categories, the stupid and the envious. The stupid will like you in five years time. The envious, never.”

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About the Author: Lauren Harper is an L.A. woman with East Coast blood. Born in Greenwich, Connecticut, she is an actress and writer residing in the heart of Hollywood, California. Lauren graduated from Penn State University with a B.A. in journalism and a minor in French and Francophone Studies. Fast forward to 2012, she has continued to work, successfully carving a niche for herself in the entertainment industry. Lauren is excited to contribute to Happiness Series with Lights, Camera…Happiness and her interview series, Lights, Camera…Interview. Lauren hopes to further enlighten herself and you with each entry. Find out more about Lauren Harper | Twitter: @TheLaurenHarper | Official Site: http://thelaurenharper.com | e-mail: contact@thelaurenharper.com