You know, I can’t help myself. Here comes another SpongeBob reference, specifically from the episode “No Weenies Allowed”…Somehow you’ve made it out of Weenie Hut Junior, and you’re at the door of the Salty Spittoon. Instead of being greeted with the normal, “Welcome to the Salty Spitoon. How tough are you?” you get “Welcome to the Salty Spitoon. How salty are you?” This may seem silly from the normal routine, but the answer is quite important.
Toughness…saltiness. There shouldn’t be a whole lot of crossover right? To get into the Salty Spitoon you should just be concerned with how many people you’ve gotten into a fight with or having a bowl of nails for breakfast. But let’s be real here. Under all that toughness, or perhaps being overly aggressive there is a person that is salty. And you don’t want to be salty physically or mentally.
There are people that can get physically salty. It’s kind of gross, but I’m going to put myself out there for a minute. Back in high school, after playing in a soccer game on a hot day, I would be drenched with sweat. That’s pretty normal, but the weird thing was that my face got coated with some white stuff. I don’t know how long it took me to figure it out, but eventually I realized that salt was coming through my pores. I kicked butt on the field, but I was saltyyy. Like McDonald’s could season their fries with the salt (Although I hope no one starts selling their bodily salt.) The truth is that I was severely dehydrated. Not enough breaks during the game, and I definitely didn’t do a good job drinking water leading up to the game. Things that you can think of as being tough, like not taking a break, can come back and have physical ramifications.
But what about mental saltiness? I would say this is more dangerous (But don’t quote me on that. I’m far from being a doctor). At times, the mental can be more demanding than the physical. Our brain can tell us we are not strong enough, but once we get past that mental roadblock we can simply start doing. Saltiness can be translated into other words like bitterness or resentment. What is it that you are holding on to that is keeping you from achieving happiness? It’s a lot easier to point out the people that walk around angry at the world all the time, but there is probably something that you have held onto that it’s time to let go. If you examine the conversations you have, what percent of the things that you talk about are negative?
The short of it, we were created in a way to experience a variety of emotions. And with that in mind, Inside Out teaches us that if we don’t allow ourselves to feel different emotions, it’s not healthy. Sometimes it can be just as tough allowing yourself to hit the point where you let things out and cry as trying to find happiness in a difficult situation. But there’s a need for balance. It’s like how our body needs the different things in the food pyramid, but with too much salt you can get high blood pressure. If you’re on the verge of mental high blood pressure, I encourage you to change your life strategies, try to work through the underlying problems, and look at life with a new outlook. Perhaps SpongeBob should have been running to Weenie Hut Junior’s instead of grasping so tight onto the idea of gaining entrance into the Salty Spitoon.