Whenever I get the chance, I try to consider some of the many things that tend to make me happy. Doing so leaves me with a renewed perspective on the world around me.
I enjoy having the opportunity to watch and listen to interesting animals. It doesn’t matter what their shape or size is, they all can reflect the personalities of people, if I take the opportunity to really get to notice them. Creatures like cats, birds, dogs, fish, and deer can be so cute (sometimes)! I’m also amazed at the intelligence of horses and marine mammals.
I also like visiting new places, especially when it’s someplace exotic or a different nation. This always gives me the opportunity to people-watch, which definitely tends to be a highlight of my day. It’s interesting to see how similar people can be on the inside, even with different customs or values.
Now that we’re approaching Valentines Day, I believe it’s important to remember the aspects of love in our lives. I don’t need a paper, candy, or boxed valentine, to become happy on that day. Instead, it’s great to be around friends and family and to appreciate fun times.
There are quite a few authors and written works that I consider to be among my favorites. High up there are the stories of Hans Christian Andersen, Edgar Allan Poe, and Oscar Wilde. Those are mainly in the fantasy/horror category. I deeply enjoy the magical elements in a lot of their works, especially when the work takes on a darker tone. In addition, some of my favorite books are Richard Rohr’s The Naked Now, Sandra Cisneros’s Caramelo, TH White’s The Once and Future King, Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time, and Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. Those are just a few of many written works I greatly admire and consider to be inspirational.
Over the years I have written journal entries in various settings. Some are in images, some are in physical paper books, some are in video entries, some are in various online settings, and some are in computer documents. These settings come with varying degrees of privacy. When I make videos that really focus on me, I can be pretty self-conscious. On the other hand, when I’m at home writing in physical paper books, there seems to be more of a degree of privacy. Whatever the setting, at least I know that the ideas I’m trying to express are somehow getting out.
I’ve been exploring new areas recently, especially certain parts of Downtown. I’m impressed with how pretty and modern a lot of the buildings and scenery are. Of course, there are the good parts and there are the bad parts. Thankfully I understand which places to avoid. The parking surprisingly doesn’t seem too bad in most areas. I also appreciate the diversity of people I’ve seen walking the streets and sitting on benches. It’s always good to know people come in different shapes, sizes, personalities, and colors.
It’s pretty nice having the chance to go out every now and then to get a bite to eat or take a pleasant stroll. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of that, thanks to the holidays, and thankfully in general. There are lots of nice restaurants here locally, including warm diners and romantic-looking cafes. The opportunity to eat with family has been quite agreeable. We also have made sure to take plenty of strolls through parks, shopping centers, and villages. The weather has been decent recently, with just a few drizzles occasionally. We’ve been doing people-watching while on outings, which is always fun. Some families also like to go out. It’s also cute seeing people take their pets with them.
Lately I’ve been traveling through a lot of airports. It’s hectic having to pass throngs of people, go through security, wait in line, and deal with the occasional rudeness. I’ve kind of been getting used to it, at least. I would say a few years ago is when I really became more acclimated to the whole thing. Some airports aren’t that bad at all, actually. It’s nice to see stores and features changing with the ages. I supposed when I’m not stressed out it can be kind of exciting.
Recently we drove around town observing people’s holiday lights. Many houses were decorated with holiday festivities and winter trees. Some houses had their decorations only on the inside, but they were still noticeable. The grand finale was witnessing the common’s lights. They were quite bright, colorful, and merry. Also around the common’s lights were decorations such as trees, ribbons, and exhibits. It was really wonderful.