Euphoria: a natural or induced feeling of over-the-top, heart-soaring happiness that will eventually end and have you crashing down to earth wondering where the hell that feeling went. — Okay, maybe that wasn’t exactly wiktionary’s (I’m sorry, but ‘wiktionary’? Really wiki people? You couldn’t have come up with something better? Like ‘wiki dictionary’? or ‘wiki-diki-dictionary?’) definition.
Things that can naturally cause euphoria:
Falling in looooove
Winning the lottery! Yay!
A major accomplishment like finishing a degree, selling your house, or hey!- publishing your first book!
Having a baby
Okay – that last one is kind of tricky. Despite the fact that the baby-having euphoria is totally natural, caused by some magic combination of getting to know your perfect little one and a rise in the-right-kind-of-hormones- the truth is, you are being drugged.
Basically, your body puts you on an ecstasy trip for the first year of a baby’s life so that you don’t notice the fact that you’re only getting three hours of sleep a night. Or that you have been enslaved 20 hours a day to a miniature Napoleon, Napoleon’s siblings and a big meat-head Napoleon who is nowhere to be found when there’s a diaper to be changed but still expects his clothes to be clean and folded.
Yet - you don’t caaaare! Everything’s fiiiine! You are in a world of chubby cheeks and cute animal pyjamas and even the baby’s POOP smells good for the first three months, for crying out loud!
Nature has you duped.
Needless to say, after having three babies in four years, I suddenly woke up after weaning my third child and looked around my world with wide, blinking eyes, thinking: ‘Where am I? *pulls out collar and looks down at chest* What happened to my BOOBS!? *gawks at reflection in mirror* Are those dark circles under my eyes permanent? Why is my hair so stringy? *checks out closet* Why are all my clothes washed-out and stained and torn? I haven’t actually been wearing these, have I? What the HELL IS GOING ON???'
The euphoria was gone- leaving me with three beautiful children I couldn’t love more, a husband who had A LOT of explaining to do, and a definite, definite need for a make-over.
What accomplishments or life-situations had you in your most euphoric state? Let’s keep it clean, peopleJ