Reading through my old diaries and journals, I came across one entry from 2016 which reminded me to stop and take a look at the many —big or small— things that are worth appreciating in this life, things that used to wow me or make me smile.
Hence, the title of this post. (Hello again, punny self!) With that, get to know more about me as I share (in no particular order) 8 of what seem to be little things I really appreciate in this lifetime:
Alone time and quiet moments. As an introvert and only child, I’m so used to being alone. Back then, I wasn’t so comfortable going out or doing things alone in public. I used to be so insecure of what people may think about me. But, now, I am sooooooooo comfortable and at ease doing pretty much everything by myself. I enjoy my own company, not caring if people see me eating alone in a fast food resto or cafe, watching a movie by myself, and the like. And, to be honest, doing such things make me happy. Alone times recharge me.
During stressful days at work, I find peace and quiet riding a bus or a van to another city. Then, I’ll either stay at a cafe or just window shop. I also enjoy my quiet moments when everyone’s asleep at home, I just enjoy the night’s quietness.
Music or movie discoveries. I love listening to music. If you happen to listen to my playlists, you’ll mostly find old songs from Bread, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Elton John, The Everly Brothers, or see indie OPM songs from Reese Lansangan, Clara Benin, Cheats, etc. It feels so good every time I discover a new good song, and I would end up playing it over and over for a day, or a good one week. The previous week, I was glued to new songs from Migz, someone I’ve been following since the good old Twitmusic and Soundcloud days. I also feel happy when I get to meet people who like the same music as me.
I also love movies and good dramas. It may also be because of my dream to write one. More than watching them, I love it when I discover hidden gems in movies that aren’t really that popular. I also find most of my favorite songs from movie soundtracks.
Genuine “How are you?’s” I truly appreciate people who genuinely ask me how I am or how my day was without any hidden agenda of either offering me an insurance, selling me a product, or asking me a favor. Hehehehehehehehehehe.
The moon, stars, and the night. I am a bonafide “Oh, look at the moon!” person. I can’t exactly explain why but I’m very much enamored by the moon —all phases of it— and the stars. I even used lilmissmoon as my Tumblr blog name back then. Probably, one thing I loved about the moon is its mystery and beauty combined. The moon and the stars also remind me that I can still find something beautiful even in my darkest nights.
Postcards, notes, and letters. I love receiving and collecting these things. Personally, I love writing little notes or birthday letters to my parents, friends, or people dear to me. Maybe, it’s because I’m more of a writer than a talker. I can express myself better in writing. More so, I love receiving them. I’ve kept letters and notes ever since, and on sad days I re-read some of them. In this era of technology, I still prefer letters than text messages, especially on special occassions.
I’m also into postcards. It was a year ago when I joined Postcrossing. It is an online project that allows its members to send and receive postcards from all over the world. More than receiving postcards with all those aesthetically-pleasing stamps from all over the world, I enjoy reading the stories attached to them. My favorite so far is the one I received from a bookstore owner somewhere in Europe. She sent me a vintage postcard she owned way back in 1970.
On every overseas trip I make, I also see to it to mail myself a postcard back to the Philippines – as my form of a souvenir and self-talk. Haha.
Train rides. No, not the MRT ride in Metro Manila. That’s an exception. Hehe. But, I enjoy riding it though during late night trips when it’s less stressful and there aren’t so many people around. When I’m out of the country, I always look forward to train rides. I find riding trains relaxing. More than that, I get to see different people, sceneries, and enjoy being alone even in a crowded place. Train stations also have that dreamy vibe, well to me.
Family downtime. As a child of two busy parents, I really appreciate it when we get to watch the television together, not thinking of anything else but just enjoying a downtime together or talking about stuff unrelated to our store. It’s one of those little moments that make my heart happy. It may seem to be a normal scenario for others, but to me, it’s always one for the books —for mine, at least. It’s because I can only count moments like this one with my fingers.
My go-to person. My go-to person’s main concern isn’t making me happy, He’s more concerned of my highest good. But, knowing I have Him in my life comforts me that I won’t have to go through life alone. I have friends I can also go to during my “moments,” but sometimes I myself can’t explain to them what exactly I am going through. So, instead, I just go and cry out to God when I can’t find the right words to explain what I’m feeling.
During sad or asdfghjkl times, I think one of the best and most effective antidotes is remembering and revisiting things, people, or memories that make us happy. So, that’s what I’ll start practicing.
How about you? What do you appreciate the most?
Let’s be in the habit of appreciating instead of hating! ♥