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Royally Happy

April 29, 2011 2:35 PM

I got up at 3:45 AM EST to watch the Royal Wedding. And, clearly I wasn’t alone. Early estimates project that 3 billion people watched this epic event. Why? Only 750 million people watched Princess Di and Prince Charles get hitched. It’s hard to get four people to agree on what kind of pizza to order without there being some type of negotiation — yet, billions of people around the world adjusted their schedules to be sure they were in front of a TV the moment the wedding broadcast began. I’m guessing of the 3 billion who watched, 2,999,000 never met the bride or groom. Imagine if one of your friends scheduled their wedding at a time when you had to get up at 3:45 in the morning. I think most of us would be royally pissed and bitch about how insensitive the couple were being. But when a couple that most of us 3 billion commoners never actually met schedules their wedding at a time that is inconvenient to everyone outside of their time zone, they are still able to move the masses around the world in a way that is unprecedented. Again, I ask why?

I think that happiness was the driving force. The whole event made me happy. I smiled, laughed and applauded throughout the morning. Even when I cried over the mention of Princess Diana, I was happy. I was happy for the Brits and the joy that radiated from the flag-waving crowds. I was happy because those flags remind me of Austin Powers — yeah, baby, yeah! I was happy to see all the different hats even though I would rather have my lungs filled with asbestos over having to wear one. I was happy that Prince William found someone as amazingly kind-hearted as his Mom. I was happy for Kate because for as much as nothing in life is perfect, her day certainly appeared to be. I was happy that the moment she stepped out of the Bentley in front of Westminster Abbey the sun broke through the clouds. I was happy that Harry’s hair was a tousled mess because it was so fitting of his party-boy personality. I was happy the Queen even looked happy in spite of rarely expressing any emotion that doesn’t resemble constipation. I was happy to see the flower girls and paige boys moving around like little royal mini-me’s. I was happy that Victoria Beckham looked irritated that she had to wait in a non-VIP line. I was happy in knowing that no heterosexual marriages would disintegrate even though Elton John brought his husband to this colossal event.

So if simple happiness drove a mass of three billion people to take action, why doesn’t the pursuit of happiness prevail in other situations? Peace brings so much more happiness than war, yet it remains elusive. Love brings so much more happiness than hate, yet bigotry exists across the world. Kindness brings so much more happiness than cruelty, yet bullying is an epidemic. And, the list goes on and on.

Did you watch the Royal Wedding? If so, what was your motivation?

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10 Comments on “Royally Happy”

  1. Jon Bornstein Says:

    Hey Kel, long time no post. You know – people either loved or hated today’s wedding. Very little middle ground. While I didn’t get up early and didn’t watch more than I took in over a cup of coffee, I liked it because, truth be told, it’s tough out there: the tornadoes in NC and AL, Libya, Afghanistan, the economy, etc. A little fantasty escapism (and happiness) is a good thing!

  2. Kerryann Says:

    I was up with my husband (who actually suggested we get up and watch!). To be honest with all the fighting, hating and complaining in the world and especially on TV is was just so refreshing to have news that focused on something so positive and optimistic. I don’t understand the posts that I see on Facebook where people say things like “thank god the wedding is over so we can get back to real news” Really?? What real news? That shocking news that the President is a U.S born citizen? The NFL lockout? I will take Royal Wedding news any day. I have had a smile on my face all day and it has given the office something fun and positive to talk about today.

  3. Deirdre Says:

    Your post made me happy, especially the mention of Victoria Beckham!
    I did NOT get up to watch. I did when Charles & Di got married, so I’m not sure why I didn’t have any interest in this wedding. I did go online to check out photos, she was a beautiful bride! And I couldn’t help but think of Diana.
    I’m sure I’ll see more clips of the wedding – wondering who they’ll show more of, the new Princess and her Prince, or cousin Beatrice’s Whoville hat!

  4. Kel Says:

    jon, nice to see a post from you. i must confess i had a cup of coffee at 4:00 am to get the fog to lift from my head at that hour. i think fantasy escapism falls under the happiness umbrella. it would be interesting to know how many of the 3 billion people were women versus men. i’m guessing the vast majority was women but ‘ya never know.

  5. Kel Says:

    kerryann, i love that your husband initiated the viewing. that makes me smile. i am with you 100% about all the negativity on the news. it is simply awful. i’m sure the royal wedding was a breath of fresh air across the planet.

  6. Kel Says:

    deirdre, i barely noticed the hat because i was so taken aback by her teeth. she needs to see an orthodontist…and fast. btw, the whoville comment was very funny.

  7. Tumnus Says:

    Check off another in the ‘dudes’ column, Kel. I’ll admit to being pulled into the hoopla. I’m actually watching the replay right now on the BBC channel. My reasons are like yours; the details, the solemnity, the joy, the ornamentation, the music, the language (that Archbishop’s movie-like delivery), Elton the backup queen, and yeah, the bride looked pretty darn good too. It’s a rare thing to get a view into all that majesty – for all its bruises and tragedy – and know these are real lives living out real history. Outdated as some might perceive it to be. And it’s an incredible teaching opportunity for my daughter on so many levels, and I’m not talking Disney princess wanna-be stuff. As for your question about happiness, fear is the ultimate epidemic. We see what we want to see, and lots of people glue themselves to the channels of culture and media that recharge their suspicions and fears by the hour – assuring them that they are right to feel that way. Shock and awe on the senses. Compassion and empathy are made out to be signs of weakness, especially for men. The best we can hope as parents is that we infect our kids – boys and girls alike – with examples of living with an open heart and trust that it will be contagious as they grow older. Bonus points: you are a shining example of this.

    Good time to mention William and Catherine’s charitable gift fund:

  8. Erin Says:

    Great post Kel! And I take such delight that the technology savvy gadget gal that you are still got up to watch the event live. :) Cheers!

  9. Kel Says:

    tumnus, i love, love, love your disney princess comment. so true. i find compassion and empathy illuminates strength, not weakness. and an open heart — well the world certainly needs more of that. your daughter is a lucky girl to have such a thoughtful and courageous dad. btw, thanks for the link to the charitable trust!

  10. Kel Says:

    erin, twitter and videos will never replace the emotion of seeing the whole thing live. simply amazing.

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