I always get contemplative around this time of year. 2010 is almost at an end, and I'll be turning a year older this upcoming Thursday.
The Chinese weren't lying when they said the Year of the Tiger would be a challenging one. You'd think being born a Tiger would bring some luck to this year. So yes this year has been challenging and I face another challenge even today haha...oh what surprises life likes to throw at us. The year's not over so anything can happen right?
Though times are tough, I've been able to remain strong by keeping positive and by enjoying all the lovely things that life has to offer me. Today I'm inspired to write up my "Top 5 And A Half Things That Make Me Happy" list (in no particular order.)
Family & Friends: From my intermediate family, to my boyfriends family and my closest friends which I consider like my family; all of you are beautiful, inside and out. You have all been incredibly supportive throughout this year and so inspiring. Together we've shared some scary, sad and life changing moments. Although times were and still are difficult, I think the strength and love we have for one another holds us together to face any challenge that may come our way. Like my Foosball nickname in college...I aim to be a brick wall of China for you in times of trouble and dismay. Thank you for everything, from the bottom of my heart; love you all dearly...enough with the mushiness now :P.
|My Wii family..or wee family if we're talking about height :P.|
|Playing The Beatles: Rock Band with my dad and boyfriend :).|
|I still have those same headphones now. I am 17 in this pic...the years have flown by!|
|Not so health conscious in this photo as I devour my lobster steak dinner on my dad's b-day last year.|
Movies/Film: Movies capture a lot of the other things I love, including some of the things I can't fit on this list. Sometimes watching the right movie can make you feel happier than before you started watching it. Sometimes a movie will leave in stitches from laughing so hard. Sometimes the visuals may leave you captivated and inspired to do something creative or try something new. Sometimes the soundtrack will lead you to discover wonderful new artists to add to your play list. I think most people have a selection of movies that they hold dear to their heart for many different reasons. My all time fave is Spirited Away, as I've mentioned many a time. The animation, story and music is fascinating, uplifting, and all around amazing. This is a movie I related to when I was making the transition to college and my life away from home. I try to share this film with as many people as I can :P...and so I leave you with a trailer of Spirited Away!
Aha some of you may have thought I was done writing, but if you were counting then you would know I have half of something left which makes me happy. It's not really half a thing, it's definitely a huge part of everything that brings me joy. Here's my secret to happiness...I ultimately love making others happy. To share music to raise each others spirits, to be in the company of others when enjoying a meal, to experience rare moments of natural beauty with others, to connect and share feelings with others through film, and overall just spending time with the people I love. These are just little things...not big huge fancy things...but like one person said, it's the little things that count. This extends out to people I've never met. If I can lend money to someone in need of a meal, or help a person cross the street, any positive difference I can make to another person is what brings me happiness. I don't think there's a better feeling than making someones day a little bit brighter, even if it's as simple as saying "hello". So to wrap up this blog entry, I hope this made your day a little bit brighter and you too are able to find the things that make you happy when you're having a bad day or year for that matter. Thanks for reading!
If you should feel so inspired, I'd like to see posts from others about the things that make you happy :)...because that would make me happy :). Also this list could have been 100x longer :P.