Well folks, Today is my 20th birthday!
Gosh, why does that nasty 2 replace the 1? I WANNA STAY YOUNG FOREVER. Anyway, I can’t help it so let’s move on. So, because today is my birthday, this post closes the 20 ‘TIL I’M 20 post series *sad face*. I was thinking, what kind of post would be a good conclusion? At first, I thought of doing 20 things I learnt but that’s almost the same as last monday’s post so it’s a no-go then I got this idea to share the little things that make me happy. No grand gestures or big events, just little everyday things that might go unseen but really bring me joy.
They are my favorites. I kid you not, I used to HATE rain as a child, like sometimes I would cry of frustration. But now, it is my favorite kind of weather. I just get this sense of peace and calm whenever it is pouring outside, I could spend hours staring out my window without getting bored of it. I also love walking in the rain, and THAT smell, the fresh weat soil smell is just amazing -now I know some people don’t like it but… HOW?- just everything about it makes me happy. Bonus points if I can curl up in a comfy blanket and read.
I’m sure that you can all relate to this feeling. No exceptions made. Whenever I realize that a book is going to be a favorite I feel like my heart is going to explode and I start beaming like an idiot because no matter how many favorite I have that feeling will never get old. I also need to talk about it and pour my feelings out to someone. ASAP.
I am so grateful for the little corner of the internet that I am part of, that I call mine. All the friends I made are so positive and supportive, they never fail to put a smile on my face whenever I need it or even when I don’t. An incident happened on Twitter a few weeks ago and a person invalidated my opinion because I am a baby blogger, and all of them were there for me, ready to kick ass if necessary haha. I know you’re going to recognise yourselves so thank you ❤ . This baby blogger is luck to have a bigger support system than you could dream of!
I’m not big on physical contact and showing affection. It just makes me uncomfortable, even with my mom sometimes (rarely, but it happens), even though we are VERY close. This being said, there are some days when I just come home needing her to hold me for a few minutes because then I feel safe and soothed and like everything will be alright. I also LOVE the look of surprise she gets on her face whenever that happens hahaha. And she takes full advantage of it.
Anything nature related really, though I must admit if I had to choose, it’ll be the beach. I’m just a water person through and through. I know people love the beach in the summer because it’s refreshing and you can swim and blablabla. And I do too. But my favorite time to go is winter because I just like staring at it and thinking about everything and anything I have on my mind at that time. It just helps set my thoughts straight and clear my mind.
We have SO many of these. Especially at lunch time when we get out of the internship and before going to class, we often just have lunch in the car and spend the two hours chatting, laughing, sometimes crying, listening to each other, supporting each other, etc… It just helps wind up the daily stress than can get too much at times, so in a way we help each other not to get burnt out by the craze of it all.
If you know me you’d know that I put a lot of thought and effort into how I dress because I LOVE clothes and just putting different pieces together so being complimented on that instantly puts a huge smile on my face. Or any kind of compliment really haha! They just feel nice and I know that everyone agrees on that as well.
Isn’t this the best feeling ever? Relating to a character’s experiences, struggles and successes is the epitome of happiness when it comes to books. Knowing that you’re not alone in what you’re living, in what you’re feeling can be so relieving. And this is when the importance of representation shows, so that kids, teenagers, adults all around the world get to see themselves in books.
Do I need to explain this one though? I don’t have the words to describe the feeling either way but I’m lowkey obsessed.
Heheheh! Another obsession of mine that’s here to stay. I never seem to get tired of them. EVER. I could eat them today and crave them tomorrow and as I write I want a huge plate *sigh*. Someone buy me a lifetime supply of sushis for my birthday? Please? Okay?
If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you’d know that this year my best friend went to study abroad so I don’t get to see her as much, which makes those phone calls very precious. She’s my favorite human being and knows me better than anyone sooo… that’s where I go when I need ranting and vanting or even just to talk about anything. Or do nothing. Nothing is good too.
I swear to God, this is the biggest luxury to me. Especially in this exam preping period -which by the way is proving challenging and stressful and is straight up killing me- like my biggest dream right this second is to get to sleep on a Sunday -or any day- without setting an alarm. But why Sunday in particular? Because usually it is the “chill” when I have nothing to do but lie down and relax and that, my friends, is happiness.
This is another rare occurrence because during the week I’d have to wake up at 5 to do that and I ain’t got the energy for that haha. And in the weekends I usually have breakfast with my family so I don’t spend much time in bed after waking up. I do it in the summer though when I don’t have anything to do and can just take my time in bed to read.
I know a lot of people don’t like driving but I. LOVE. IT. It just helps me clear my head and think about things I need to sort out. Or. Or just blast music and sing to it depending on my mood. It’ll either be overly loud or overly sad. Anyway, all of this to say that my car drives are, to me, the best me time there is.
There hasn’t been a time in my life when I wasn’t doodling, drawing, paiting or just doing something with paper and a pencil. It’s always been part of me and I had lost it for a couple years. But one of the gazillion things that blogging did right is motivate me to pick it up again. And it is such a great stress reliever and source of joy when I see an idea that’s been building up in my head take shape in real life.
This goes hand in hand with: 1/ Driving, 2/Blogging, 3/ Or anything really besides studying and reading because with those 2 particular things I can’t seem to concentrate lately (which I was able to do before). I just love music so so much because whenever I have something on my mind, I lose myself in it and try to forget everything else.
I know that every post idea is visited and revisited, probably even the ones I think are not but the point here is not the fact that it’s unique but more like the fact that it came out of MY brain without any inspiration coming directly from another blog. It is just such a blessing to know that this brain of mine can think up something from scratch.
If you’ve seen last week’s post you know that I wasn’t always the best big sister anyone could ask for. Try for the other end of the Spectrum. It’s not that I was mean, it’s just that I didn’t give her as much time as she needs and deserves, which I’m trying to remedy now by being there for her for whatever she needs. And it is so worth it, seeing her smile like she does.
Making people happy makes ME happy. Just a compliment, a smile, a good morning message or even by checking up on people. Believe me, those little gestures matter. If I like something about a person, I tell them. If some advice of theirs worked, I tell them. If I loved their book recommendation, I tell them. Just like these little things make ME happy, I know they’ll work for other people as well.
I really don’t know ho to explain this one. Other than the fact that deep and meaningful conversations move something in me and bring me a lot of content and joy.
That’s it until next time.
Now it is your turn to tell me. What are some things that make you happy? Do any of mine apply to you?
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.