When was the last time you felt joy?
It happened for me on Sunday, as I ran into the surf. It was glorious. My heart expanded – as it always does – and the laughter burst out.
Actually, there was joy yesterday too, as I drove home from a diversity&inclusion@drinks council meeting held at Luna Park. KISS came on the radio … I Was Made For Lovin’ You … so I turned it up REALLY loud, sang and air guitared along the freeway.
That was pretty fab too.
The afterglow lingered for ages. When I collected the eldest from art class, the owner of the gallery noted how sparkly I seemed.
Those joyful moments remind me that I’m going to be just fine, despite the salty tears that sometimes/often clog my eyes. Just a few years ago I’d forgotten what joy felt like.
I wrote a blog post that asked: “Are you happy? Are you unhappy? Are you sure? How can you tell? I think there should be a pill that people take – just once, mid-life – that shows what true happiness feels like.”
I later realised I was asking those question because I was so UNhappy that I’d lost perspective.
These days I laugh – and feel joy – a lot. So, while things might get me (briefly) down, I know I’m back on track.
I’ve found a path back to child-like enthusiasm too. I giggle as I blow raspberries on the youngest’s neck when I’m saying goodnight. I’m giddy to picnic on a cliff overlooking the sea and photograph daisies perched nearby. I get hyper imagining how I’ll celebrate my 50th birthday next year. I research “private islands for sale in the South Pacific under $5million” on the internet and ponder which one I should buy when I win the lottery. I can’t wait to explore – and exclaim over – the pretty lights at Vivid.
I worry that we forget what joy feels like – and how to experience it – in the fog of getting through the days.
I still get plenty of fog, but the sun manages to break through and remind me that my life is precious and filled with fortune (unfortunately not the $$$ kind, bummer).
Now, I know you’re not the chattiest bunch, but I really would like to know about a recent joyful moment in your life.
Song of the day: Kiss “I was made for lovin’ you”