What is happiness? A life-long journey that many claim that they sometimes do not even find. I always try to count my little spurts of happiness on a daily basis. But a couple weekends ago, I felt really, really happy and it just stuck with me; I’ve been itching to share it since.
A couple weekends ago, I wanted to lay out in the sun (even though I really shouldn’t be in the sun), so I slathered on SPF 50+, and told Chris, “I wanna tan in the backyard”. So, he laid out a sherpa blanket and an airplane blanket on the concrete patio of his walk-out basement suite. And then we just laid there to tan in our shorts and tshirts, while Wigmund weaved in and out between us. We put Spotify on Discover Weekly. We talked and we laughed. Chris had his coffee and I had my strawberry Milk 2 Go. We occasionally had to get up and smack all the ants getting onto the blankets. It probably looked extremely silly to the neighbours but I soaked in every moment of it. In fact, it was one of my favourite moments we’ve had. It was a lot of things… the mood, the weather, the weekend, the future, the smell of barbecue from the neighbours, my health looking up, our upcoming road trip, my relationship with my parents, my brother doing well in school and liking his part time job, my other brother being home from school, the neighbour’s french bulldog and his enthusiastic owner that wanted to have play dates as badly as we do; being with the love of my life, being with our fur baby, but most importantly… being in the now. It didn’t matter that we didn’t have a deck, fancy patio set, or a barbecue; what mattered was just being with each other and enjoying the moment. Counting my blessings and being grateful for everything that I have. Letting go and accepting the things that I don’t. And being completely okay with it. That is what happiness is.
What does happiness look like to you?