Once again, thanks to Joey's Pad for the idea of doing a top ten list of things that make me happy.
Since it seems that the tone/tenor of this blog has taken a turn towards a unexpected (by you the reader) sharpness that I usually keep well under wraps, I feel that I should rectify the situation toot sweet.
Today's post will be a bit of an upper as it is simply a post about me. Not as it applies to the blog world, or to the chat rooms, or even as it applies to writing, but as it applies to the real world.
I first saw this thingamajig Top Ten list on Joey's Pad about a week ago, and I thought it would be a great post idea to try. So after giving the prerequisite credit to the proper individual, here is my list of Ten Things That Make Me Happy.
1} Being able to walk and stand without losing my balance. I suffer from severe muscle weakness and neuropathy in my legs, thighs and hips. So any morning that I can crawl out of bed and actually stand without support or losing my balance is a very good thing. Ditto for walking.
2} Having a song that simply clicks. I love listening to most types of music, but when a particular song just clicks and sens my spirit off on a pleasant flight for those few minutes, that's the best feeling in the world.
3} When people "get" my strange sense of humor. My humor can be at times off the wall and a little cerebral, so when various people experience a collective epiphany and understand it, and most importantly, keep getting it weeks and months later, it's a good thing.
4} A word from a good friend. I have a few close friends who by nature of the organization we collectively work for (state government) have now disappeared to all corners of the state. Occasionally though, they'll drop me a line saying 'hi' or send me a meme, just to let me know that they're still thinking of me.
5} Peace and quiet in a noisy house. With the weather starting to change from summer to autumn, it's becoming increasingly difficult to get the peace and quiet I need in order to work on my writing (or blogging). But when the four other residents of this domicile are occupied at the same time, it makes me very happy.
6} I'm not blogging in a vacuum. Knowing that there are people out in the blog sphere who enjoy what I write to the point to being repeat visitors even at a year and a half later, still blows my mind.
7} Going out on my weekly walks about town, either by myself or with my daughter. Experiencing the simply joy of nature or experiencing the world through the eyes of a child, is something that makes me happy, simply because the memory will always stay with me.
8} Grocery shopping. Grocery shopping is my weekly me time. It lets me decompress and catch up with the person that is me. My private Idaho where no-one is allowed to enter.
9} Being able to write, whether it's a blog post or a short story.
10} Listening to the music I grew up with. Even though my dad has been gone for five years now, I can still connect with him, simply by listening to the music that he loved, which in turn he passed onto me.