Ever go through a season of your life where things are rough? Me too. I have one of those seasons right now. Despite rough waters, I always do my absolute best to choose happiness and positivity, in the midst of whatever is happening.
I swear this post is totally not a downer!!
I read an article recently, and I can’t even remember what the purpose of it was. But that doesn’t matter, because it offered what appeared to be a simple challenge: make a list of 15 things that make you truly happy, and be specific.
So I started making my list:
Traveling. Eating. Sleeping. My dog.
Wow, I’m super exciting, right?
As it turns out, making a list of 15 things that make you truly happy, not so simple. I mean if I want to come up with one word answers, yes, simple. But what really stumped me was when I sat down to write this, I asked myself, “okay, so what makes you genuinely happy inside??” My answer? It was “I don’t even know anymore.” I’ve been hustling through life for a while now, and haven’t stopped to breathe, and figure out what it is that keeps me going.
So I decided that I’m determined to compile this list. And not only to compile it, but to be honest and do a little seeking, to get all the way to #15. When you go through hard seasons of life, sometimes it can be difficult to see beautiful things, right in your midst. So the idea to make this list really resonated with me. I was completely caught off guard when I started making it, to realize it’s not so simple to identify things that make you truly happy.
As of now, I have a few to add to my list. Only a few out of 15? It’s true. But ya gotta start somewhere!
#1 (and these are not in any particular order).
Walking my dog Rampage late at night, by myself, when the air is cold and crisp, and no one is out, with my earphones in, listening to music that makes me happy at that moment.
Boooom! Specific enough? I think yes.
I’m actually kind of excited to see what else I come up with. It’s a surprise! You should try this challenge with me. I’d be so interested to see if it’s easier for some people to come up with 15 things, or if it’s kind of difficult for most everyone.
**Images taken on my iPhone through Instagram.