Good Times

What makes me satisfied?

Strange question to ask oneself. Especially in times of defeatist despair.

I could just say a nice cup of coffee or a good movie, but that’s too benign.

I think bigger, more important issues fill the bill.

My wife makes me happy. Thought she can be a pain in the ass sometimes. I’ve chosen to spend the rest of my life with her, through good and bad. Ups and downs we have, but we always seem to make it through, like the rising and ebb of a tide. It comes in waves.

My 2 dogs and four cats. When I feel pissed, I can always think of them and they immediately bring me a smile.

Spending time by myself out in nature. There is nothing more relaxing and satisfying going on a lonely hike through Island Beach State Park, especially now, when nobody is around to inadvertently bother me with their loud voices and inconsiderate presence. I find it amazing just how people can not care if someone else is around to bother.

I am an avid birder. Just watching the regular species flit around is interesting enough, but seeing a bird for the first time , at least for me, is exhilarating.

Playing drums never gets old. I’ve been playing since I was 13. Had a bit of formal training in my teen years, but the most rewarding aspect has been teaching and forcing myself to develop my own style. Nothing can match the feeling of overcoming a once impossible part, and being able to master it, knowing I overcame it through my own willpower.

Geek alert: A good video game. One which draws you in so you can’t wait to get home to continue it.

Spending time outdoors improving my yard. A certain satisfaction comes from expending energy in the pursuit of do-it-yourself projects.

Last, but not least, blogging. Sometimes I’m good and proud of what I’ve written, sometimes not, but just the endeavor itself is rewarding. It’s not something I’ve been at for a along time, but I find it addictive. And fun.

Anyway, for lack of something better to write today, here is my meager contribution.

I encourage you to list things that make you fell happy. Cause I think we could use to divulge a bit more of the things that we enjoy doing.

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