Yesterday, I bought a Taylor Swift coloring book at the airport. Yes, Taylor Swift coloring books exist. And they are fantastic. After buying my copy, I did some research and found out that these celebrity coloring books have taken the nation by storm. In general, coloring books for adults have become a new craze. These books are lauded for their de-stressing abilities, for people of all ages. After taking one on myself, I can understand why they have had such a positive impact. Working my way through my first piece was a wonderful escape.
In a similar fashion, since the Internet boom, memes have provided comic relief from life’s troubles. The meme craze that went viral over the last week centered on confusing dogs with food items (who would have thought?!).
Whenever I stumble upon one of these gems, I can’t help but giggle. These memes provide such a great respite from the pressures of adulthood. I have always embraced the silly things in life. From a young age, I have experienced tough issues that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. Because of this, I have always tried to see the good in otherwise dark situations. When the Internet came along, I gained a whole new method of finding laughter and positivity when things get rough.
I have always been a fan of memes, for their ability to capture the attention of people of all ages. Some memes make us think about serious issues. In particular, in this election year, there has been an influx of political memes about the candidates that hit deeper than one might expect. But, my favorite kind of memes are pure fun.
So, I’d like to give a personal thank you to memes and all other humorous images on the Internet. I have never come up with one of these viral masterpieces myself, but I would like to shout out the creative minds who make memes possible. Most likely, the creators of memes don’t think that they’re going to have a significant emotional impact on those who click on their images. It’s probable that they just want to get a quick laugh and garner as many clicks as possible, which is totally valid. But, the silly thoughts and expressions within memes often times go beyond a superficial laugh for me.
I’m going through a big growth period right now, filled with change. I have moments when I doubt myself and feel overwhelmed thinking about where I am going next. When I get stressed, I greatly enjoy turning to the Internet for a distraction. Silly memes like “Puppy Bagel” provide the perfect medicine. I know I can’t be the only one who feels this way. Memes can be more than cheap fun. They are a welcome escape from the trials and tribulations of real life. And for that reason, I hope that they stick around for years to come.