It’s 5pm on Sunday night as I’m drafting this blog post. My husband is watching football; my kids are running around outside. I am far from the paths of any storms. In fact, the weather is stunning — sunny, yet cool and dry. Sometimes, it feels tough to enjoy it while others are hunkering down in a hurricane, or rebuilding from one. It also isn’t lost on me that this post will go up on 9/11.
I saw a tweet a few days ago in which the poster was trying to reassure everyone that it’s okay to disconnect. That humans are not capable of dealing with so much sorrow at once. It’s a bit of wisdom I have taken to heart. Granted, I am able to — my privilege is not lost on me. However, I thought it beneficial to compose a list of things that bring me joy. Things that I cannot glean from Twitter or Facebook or Politico. It’s a simple exercise, not so much about gratitude, which I feel, but about simple joys. The small things that keep me afloat when the world is full of despair. Because it’s okay to feel good even when so many don’t.
In no particular order…
- Season 3 of Narcos
- Bike riding with my 7-year-old
- Binge watching Broadchurch
- All British crime drama, see above
- Strawberry shoestring licorice
- Going to see my favorite band perform live (see ya in Brooklyn, Afghan Whigs)
- Finding a gem at a consignment store (like-new Tod’s loafers)
- A 4-mile jog
- Anything written by Maggie Stiefvater; anything written by Holly Black
- When my 3-year-old dresses herself
- When the neighbors build a campfire
- Roasting S’mores (see above)
- Lunch without my kids
- The perfect cup of coffee
- Writing a really wonderful scene
- Dismantling a plot hole
- A lovely book review of my own work
- Book sales!
- Fall TV! See: You’re the Worst, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Shameless
- A good night’s sleep
- When my 5-year-old cracks a joke
- When my husband brings home dinner
There are so many other things to add to this list, but I’d rather not bore you with mine. Go write one of your own. In the meantime, I’m gonna blow this Internet stand and enjoy something on that list.
What would be on your list?