I woke up in the middle of the night, all excited over this brilliant literary phrase I came up with in my dream. Must remember it in the morning, I thought, and I did. My excitement was short-lived when I realized that my new phrase was: Happy-go-lucky.

I looked up some definitions to find ideas for a short story:

Urban Dictionary: “To be happy go lucky, is to be cheerful about most all things. To have a positive view on life. To annoy the shit out of your friends.”

Cambridge Dictionary: “A happy-go-lucky person does not plan much and accepts what happens without becoming worried.”

So, a story about a guy who walks through life cheerfully unconcerned about the future until he, um … doesn’t?

Synonyms: easy-going, carefree, casual, free and easy, devil-may-care, blithe, nonchalant, insouciant, blasé, unconcerned, untroubled, unworried, light-hearted…

Night changes many thoughts.
— Aragorn in “Lord of the Rings” (the movie), commenting on Eowyn’s dream

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