What are the things in life that bring you joy?
I realize I should probably save this for when there is more traffic, but I really want to read your answers now. Maybe I will re-pose the question at a later date.
Some of the things that bring me joy…and I mean heart swelling, tear bringing, life is wonderful joy include:
1) Dinner at the table with my husband and all 4 kids. Sure, I get annoyed when the kids are goofing off, singing, telling inappropriate jokes at the table. You’d think with 3 out of 4 being adults now that would have stopped. Nope. It hasn’t. On the other hand, they make me laugh. They make me full on belly laugh. I often think it is a competition between them to see who can make mom crack up first. It could be worse. They could be trying to see who makes me cry first. So I guess I really don’t want it to stop. Ever.
2) A beautiful sun rise. Gets me every time.
3) Holding a happy baby. It always surprises me how I get (what I assume is) an endorphin rush when I get to hold one. The smell and the feel of them in your arms. I just can’t explain it.
4) Hiking or driving through scenic areas with my husband. Last year we went to Red Rock Canyon. As I was standing in the visitors’ center, looking out over the landscape, I was overcome with emotion. I could not believe how beautiful it was. I felt a bit ridiculous standing there wiping tears from eyes. Maybe it was hormones, maybe it was the altitude, but it certainly had an effect on me. And sharing those moments with my favorite guy is really special.
5) Sunflowers. Yes, a silly flower can make me happy. I love them. I smile every time I see them. Someday I would love to have one of our fields planted with different varieties and colors. What a joy it would be to wake up and see hundreds of blooming sunflowers.
6) Horseback riding on the trails. Years ago I would hit the trails once a week at East Fork State Park in SW Ohio. We would be out there for hours at a time. More than once I said “If I die while on a horse, I will die happy.” There is nothing quite like riding through the woods with vegetation so green and lush that it is easy to imagine you're in Lothlorien. And the rush of loping through an open field is indescribable. I didn’t even mind being dunked and rolled on in the lake by Rocky, the Belgium/Saddlebred. In fact, it was sort of refreshing in the middle of summer. But it has been years since I have been on a horse. I miss it. Yes, I have my Zander, but for a variety of reasons, I can’t bring myself to get back in the saddle. Maybe once my hormones are regulated, I will find the courage to do it again.
7) Taking pictures. Recording life. I can’t say enough about it. I love landscape, animal, still-life sorts of shots. But mostly, I love candids. Not a fan of taking (group) posed pictures, but sometimes it is necessary. But candid shots tell a story. A TRUE story. I love seeing the interaction between people. Being able to capture the moments when they are laughing or crying, that loving look between spouses or a mother and child, the conversation between father and son . I could go on and on. Will save it for an entry exclusively on photography. Needless to say, it is important to me. It brings me joy.
So, what brings you joy? What is your bliss?