It’s the end of the month and almost the end of the decade. And honestly, time flies when you’re having fun and focusing on things that actually matter. I cannot believe how much I got done this year and it still feels like I didn’t really get too much done at the same time. I don’t even know if that makes sense. But today, I was wondering about how we need to appreciate the little things in our lives more because we often forget to acknowledge them.
So I decided to make a list of random things that make me happy in my journal, but putting it up here seemed like a better idea. If you’re somebody who loves to maintain a journal, you could write down a list of random things that make you happy, too. That way, you can remind yourself that life is so much more than just the big things. You just have to stop and smell the roses along the way sometimes. Here’s what makes me happy for no reason at all:
1. Windy days.
I’ve always loved windy days, I’ve never been able to figure out why. But there is something about winds that make the curtains go crazy that makes me want to get my poetry journal out and write an ode to the wind. Trust me, I’ve tried.
But I don’t think I can ever sum up the beauty of a windy day in just a few words. Windy days have always been an instant pick-me-up on days that just aren’t going my way. I’ll admit, I have dreamt about letting the wind sweep me away more than once and I can’t tell you how much I wished it was possible.
2. Cozy blankets.
I think that all of us have a love for blankets, irrespective of whether they’re cozy or thin. Personally, I’ve always felt like they serve as hugs that you can carry with you around the house on days that aren’t going particularly well. It might seem like an immature thing to do, but everybody has something they like holding on to for comfort on days that demand it.
I’m sure that for some of you if it isn’t a blanket, it’s a snuggly pair of pyjamas or a hoodie. But the bottom line is that we all have our own versions of the cozy blanket that we simply need to have to make our day a little better when it isn’t going too well. And guess what? That’s okay!
3. Childhood photos.
To be honest, this should have been on top of the list, but that’s not what matters. I like looking at my childhood photos on days that haven’t really been my cup of tea because I get to see how much I’ve actually grown up since then. It makes me happy that I’ve come so far and looking at those photos reminds me that if I’ve come so far, I can go much further.
Looking at my photos to remind me that progress isn’t always visible is probably one of the only times I actually ‘look back‘ at life. I mean, I’ve got a long way to go. We all do. So it really doesn’t make sense to keep reliving a moment that was a low point, does it? What’s a minor setback in the grand scheme of things, right?
4. Female friendships.
I will honestly never stop being amazed at how supportive girls are towards each other. Every single day, I am thankful for the female friendships I’ve made over the past few years, whether they’re online or offline. Because contrary to what people think, we’re actually not all about power-struggles and stealing each others’ boyfriends.
Yet another reason to hate the way pop-culture represents female friendships, I guess! But here’s the thing I’ve noticed and I am not exaggerating: girls are so supportive of each other, even if they don’t know each other. That is solidarity and it just fills my heart with so much happiness, I can’t even put it in words.
5. Handwritten letters.
It means so much to me when people actually take the time to write a note, a postcard or a letter to me. My friends know this and they always make it a point to send me handwritten letters with my birthday gifts or include them in the gifts that we always get for each other when we meet.
To me, it has always been more about the letter than it has ever been about the gifts. The simplicity of pouring out your emotions on paper speaks volumes about how much you value the people in your life. It’s a little sad that handwritten letters are dying, but with friends like mine, I doubt it’ll be anytime soon.
What are a few simple, random things that make you truly happy? Remember that they might not mean a lot to anybody else, but you do you anyway! If you are somebody who has a journal, write down what makes you happy for no reason. Life’s complicated enough, but little things can remind us that it doesn’t have to be as bad as it actually seems.
Happy month end!
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