I've recently come to the conclusion that people don't have enough simple pleasures in their lives.
When I say simple, I mean simple. The other day I was just driving and being amused with a hair tie I had wrapped around my thumb like a ring. I was just playing with it and twisting it around, and I found that I was more calm, relaxed and efficient as a driver.
When I came home, I continued playing with the hair tie and I didn't get bored for another hour.
I think we may depend too much on technology for entertainment. I remember being a kid and playing with my stuffed animals for HOURS on end. Just making up stories.
Now I have to admit that I'm a bit of a video game whore. I've been playing a lot of video games lately. Mostly survival-horror because that is my bag, but some fantasy RPGs too (a la Final Fantasy.)
I've been trying to read more too. That's a nice simple pleasure that I want to enjoy more often, just laying on my bed, or on the couch, maybe with some music in the background. Sometimes having the house completely quiet is just wonderful while I do this too, but the dogs like having something on in the background. Just reading. I remember reading a book recently (probably one of the best books I've ever read in my entire life The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss) and remarking on how nice the paper was. It was such an obscure, minor detail but I couldn't stop marveling at the quality of the paper haha. It made me happy that I wasn't so overloaded with other crap that I could notice that.
We need to slow down a little I think. We always hear how we were happiest when we were children, so maybe we need to think like kids again. Find something simple. Go get a stick and pretend you're sword fighting some bad ass knight for a few minutes. I can almost guarantee you'll get the giggles because you're letting out some of those pent up emotions and energies. Put on some rocking music while you're cooking or brushing your teeth and just bump and grind around, feeling like you're either the prima ballerina or a chick in a music video. It's fun, I promise.
I really think that everyone would be a lot happier if they took the opportunity to just be silly for at least a few minutes a day. Everyone can find five minutes for yourselves to remember that you don't wanna grow up cause you're a Toys R Us kid.
That's your assignment for the week. Be silly, have fun. I want to hear about what you've done in the comments :) Happy trails