I’ve been really feeling busy the last couple of years, and it’s easy to lose sense of who you are when all you are doing is living a to-do list. A while back I decided to write down all the things I can think of that make me happy. By happy I mean truly happy, not something I’m doing for the sake of looking happy.
Hiking in a scenic place. Looking out over the snowy mountains with a cool breeze in my face. The breeze cooled by the wind flowing over the snow reminds me of how real the world is, and it’s one of my favorite feelings in the world.
Camping. It reminds me that I can still live without all the modern conveniences, although I really like campgrounds that have nice bathrooms.
Skiing/Snowboarding. I’ve had some difficulty with this lately, because it’s easy to get caught up in the technical stuff like equipment and tricks. I really like tricks, but I’m afraid it’s just a means of showing off and not as fun for me on a fundamental level. Exploring around the slope with friends on a snowy day is fantastic fun. One of my best times on the slope was when I got stuck in a snow drift up to my chest (cascade concrete); it took me 30 minutes to get myself out.
Music. I love listening to music, and if the song is right it can make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up straight.
Technology. I think it appears to my tinkering nature, but I also like a dose of reality mixed in. I’m a huge fan of applying new technology to things that really make life better. A fridge with a computer in the door is not making life better, but a video baby monitor with night vision is making life better.
Hanging out with friends. I miss college parties, and I’m not sure I would have outgrown them if it wasn’t for not wanting to be the oldest one there. Lots of people to talk to, and the conversation could get surprisingly deep if you allow it.
Water. For some reason I love water: swimming, water skiing, and other water sports are really fun for me. I don’t like lap swimming as much because it gets kind of boring. However lap swimming is the best I can do for now.
Traveling. The planning is kind of annoying, and I’m not too hot on flying either, but I love getting into the everyday of some other place I’ve never been to. I think it pushes me out of my comfort zone and it’s a great feeling once I realize I’m going to be ok.
Kids. At some point I came to the realization that I wasn’t going to be any kind of person remembered for generations to come. At that point I started reflecting inward on what I was here for, because simply existing
wasn’t good enough for me. After peeling off layer by layer, I decided the best thing I could do for society was to have kids that grew up with well-balanced stable parents. Parents who leave their kids in the car while they are at the bar might make the nightly news, but it’s the parents who keep a steady ship that make all the difference in the world.