Life is Shit and Rainbows

I don’t remember where I first saw that picture of a happy pile of shit sliding down a rainbow, but it was around a year ago. It spoke to me, so I made it my cover photo on Facebook. I’ve since added it Twitter and Google+.

One of my projects this past week was to update my personal website. I moved it to WordPress from Blogger and decided to keep it simple. I’d have only external links to various things that are a part of my life.

Front and center, however, I decided to use this shit and rainbow picture and make my site tagline, “Life is shit and rainbows.”

My kids love the picture also, as does my wife, but she was curious what it meant to me.

I think anyone alive can relate to this picture and my tagline. Life is indeed shit and rainbows. Maybe for some people, it’s mostly shit, and for others, it’s mostly rainbows. But I defy anyone to show me a person whose life did not contain both, however brief it may have been.

With the right attitude, rainbows are in store for everyone. It may be difficult finding them, but they’re there.

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Founder and editor of and, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.