As a person who lives with high functioning anxiety and depression, sometimes I have to find things that make me remember my WHY. I’m here, for a purpose, as part of a greater plan. My life will touch the lives of others, and I want to have a positive ripple. How can you create a positive ripple when you feel down? [Note: I have been having more good days than bad lately. Just so you know.]
I’m listing 20 things here that make me smile. That makes my ripple a good one. These are not the only 20, but they’re a good start.
1 – Creating Art
Obvious. I love to create art. I am an artist.
2 – Blank Pages
Blank pages are so full of opportunity & possibility.
3 – Medium Point Ball Point Pens Against Paper
I love to scrawl notes and doodles.
4 – My Kids Laughing
5 – Deep Conversations
Talking to someone about life, love, art, the Universe, God… Stirring conversations that spark more ideas and feed me creatively.
6 – The Sound a Coke Can Makes When Opened
I know the sugar and caffeine rush is coming, and I feel excited to hear this sound.
7 – Sleeping Late
I love to sleep in. I’m more of a night owl than a morning person. With small kids, I don’t get to sleep in very often but it’s amazing when I do.
8 – The Twilight Zone
Rod Serling was such a genius. He understood the human condition, and he knew how it could go dark. The show is almost prophetic in some of its topics. I own the whole series on DVD and will ALWAYS watch it when it comes on TV. (No, I haven’t watched Jordan Peele’s new take on it, but I’d like to.)
9 – Playing Pranks
I love to jump out and scare the kids, move objects around, change passwords, etc. It is hilarious. Never anything dangerous, just funny.
10 – Dirty Jokes
Sometimes I think I’m really a 12-year-old boy.
11 – Hugging Friends After Long Times Apart
Everyone likes a hug. They feel really good when it’s with a friend you’ve missed for a while. And this is coming from a person who doesn’t really like touching people or being touched.
12 – Zombies!
I am pretty obsessed with any and all zombie-related films, television, and pop culture. I dream about zombies – including zombies that don’t eat flesh, but weird things like apples or palm fronds. I have been a zombie on the run in my dreams. Strangeness abounds.
13 – Reading
Escapism at its finest. I have more books than I can show in one photo.
14 – Libraries and Bookstores
The smells, the sounds (or quiet), and the feel of a new book in my hand. Love it. There’s a reason I ask to do dinner and the bookstore for my birthday each year.
15 – Good Metaphors
When a writer vividly captures a feeling in words, I get chills.
16 – Listening to my Husband Breathe in His Sleep
I’m a bit of a creep.
17 – Giving Good Gifts
I love when someone opens a gift I got for them. The eyes lighting up, the smiles. Moments to be treasured.
18 – A Good Cry at a Movie
My kids make fun of me, but I cry at Pixar movies with them. (Pixar is really good at that, by the way – making me cry.) But then again, I cry pretty easily at movies, TV shows, commercials… I’m kind of a cream puff.
19 – Singing in the Car
Nothing better than belting out Elton John or Queen or Stone Temple Pilots or Tupac while driving. Breaks up the monotony of the roads.
20 – Making lists
So you can imagine I’ve been smiling the whole day here.