Nadine O’Regan: The dark side of looking on the bright side

We live in a world of enforced positivity, but sometimes it ends up making us feel more insecure and worried than ever

11th July, 2021
Nadine O’Regan: The dark side of looking on the bright side
‘While I appreciate the good intentions of all of the placards and slogans I’m longing for the day when we need none of them’

Walking behind a woman on Dublin’s Baggot Street the other day, I noticed that she had inked a personalised message onto her backpack.

“Be positive!” the satchel said, in all-caps across the top of its woven back. It was a busy day, and as the woman bobbed in and out of the crowds coming towards us, I couldn’t help but feel resistant to the backpack's preachiness and – if I'm honest – annoyed...

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