When I was younger, I was once told I was very pessimistic by someone close to me. I honestly took those words to heart. I can still recall how that statement made me rethink how I looked at life in general.
It was at this point that I started making mental note how there were plenty of things in my life that were positive. I also realized around that same time that I needed to smile more.
Call it teen angst at it’s finest. But still I did a lot of dwelling on the negative though before this.
However, it was also this moment that I do credit for giving me reason every so often to hit the pause button. When I do that, I find myself being more introspective at the very least. Plus, I look inward to find all the good that in a part of my life.
Don’t get me wrong, my life isn’t perfect by any means. But yet, it is my life. And because it is indeed my life, there are moments and so much to look forward to daily. Plus, there is also many great new memories to be made.
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I know and don’t take for granted, I am loved by those closest and dearest to me. I couldn’t thank god more for that. But love aside from this, there are many other things that I am grateful for, as well. I am blessed beyond words for all of this and than some.
Therefore, here are 10 things in my own life that are better than anything (except love).
1. Curling up and getting cozy while reading an epic book.
Along with my favorite cozy blanket, I can never seriously resist reading or even re-reading books that leave me yearning for even more. Even when I have had a few close calls with seemingly losing my own reading mojo, I always come back to this fervor and zest for reading. The nearest I can describe my love of books is that the an old sweater that just fits right.
2 Getting all the feels + having a good old cry fest watching the latest episode of This Is Us.
OK judging from all the Facebook posts, I saw on my feed this past weekend, I think I am not alone on this one. But seriously, I can’t get enough of this show. I mean you would think anything that could make me bawl my eyes out that I’d know better and stay away from. But that is not the case. Because the thing about This Is Us is that it is just so damn relatable. One minute I could be so annoyed at one of the characters thinking that they are completely selfish. The next, I am belly laughing out loud at something that same character or yet another character says or does. And still yet, they go and tear my heart out of my chest with the emotional family drama. But why is this show just that good? Because like it or not, we all have these moments and than some in our daily lives with our own families. See totally relatable and normal on so many different levels! Just nice to know that normal is a relative term.
3. That warm filling feeling when I do something to surprise my husband and/or kids.
I don’t know about anyone else. But I am the type of person who would much rather give than receive. Don’t get me wrong, I am not going to turn a gift away. Still the thing is it is just so much better to give in my humble estimation. See it is the feeling, when you realize that someone who is just a part of your heart, is blown over by the smallest or grandest of gestures. It is the look they give you that makes your heart all warm and tingly. It is like Christmas morning and your birthday all wrapped into one!
4. That magical feeling that takes over in Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
OK, most know I am a Disney geek here. But still as I write this, I have goosebumps thinking about that most magical moment when I first lay eyes on the Disney Magic Kingdom sign.
Or enter through the tiny underpass to hear the oh so familiar Main Street music. Or even still the first glimpses of Cinderella’s Castle once safely inside the park grounds. As my oldest would say, “Best Day Ever!”
5. The first warm day of the year when you take the flip flops out of storage to put them back on your feet once again.
Proud New York girl here. So those flip flops go on ice from November to roughly April here. Sometimes longer depending upon the weather. Therefore, that first day when I actually put those flip flops back on my size 6 1/2 feet is a glorious occasion. Granted it may not be exactly pretty, because I most likely haven’t gotten a pedicure since the last time said flip flops were worn. But still nothing like putting the boots away and giving the flip flops a chance to breathe new life again!
6. Realizing that it is 5:30 and still sunny out.
And soon enough the shortest daylight hours days of the year will be all but a distant memory. See I just had this moment this past week actually. Plus, I actually heard birds chirping early in the morning, too. So I was only recently reminded. Therefore, I have faith from these littlest of signs that spring will find us yet. Might still be early on in the game, but that is the glory and wonder of experiencing all the seasons.
7. Getting the perfect photograph when taking pics for a new, upcoming blog article.
This might just be a blogger thing. But for all the bloggers out there who rely on those perfect photos this is the moment when you see it in the lens and just go for it. It is also in the equally satisfying moment when you don’t have to edit or do very little editing to that same photo image. Plus, it is also very much felt when you hit publish to see the positive first comments trickle in to affirm this.
8. The first sip of a hot cup of coffee in the morning.
This is such a simple, but effective remedy for whatever mostly ails in the AM. I am not nor will ever truly be a morning person. But still the luxurious first sips of java in my morning has a way of helping if nothing else.
9. Putting my head to the pillow finally after a long day in my own comfy bed.
And because I am not a morning person. Admittedly, I once was a nighttime creature. But now, I equally long for my bed many days no matter what time of the day. Not that I don’t enjoy my waking hours or all that comes with it. Still, I am a tired mama who needs her rest. So it is in those first moments, when I drop my heavy head to the pillow that makes me thankful that I have a comfy bed, warm blankets and a place to call my own.
10. The way my daughters look at me still like I hung the moon and the stars for them.
They are still young enough to feel this way. While I know they will grow. And the teen years especially might find us at odds. I have hope that they will always somewhere deep down know they are loved more than they can ever quite imagine.
So, I tried to not to bring love into this. But then again love is just all around us. And how could it not be better than anything? And as much hype as there is for Valentine’s Day, love isn’t just for one commercialized day.
Therefore one piece of advice, embrace the love you are gifted by those in your life. Because simply love is better than anything!
*This was expressly written this week for Finish the Sentence Friday for Listicle Friday with Kristi and Kenya, where the sentence thought to complete is: “10 things that are better than anything except being in love”.