So far this fall I have sensed a theme of finding peace and contentment in the little things, especially throughout this final stretch of my college years. For us go-getter personality types, the little things sometimes remain unnoticed at times, but I feel I am finally beginning to grasp the fact that acknowledging them is incredibly important. Here's a list of 5 little things I have learned to appreciate lately...
1. Lighting Candles and Cleaning My Apt. Like a Mad Woman on Sundays : I suppose this is kind of a weird "little thing" to list, but the past few years have given me a whole new appreciation for a clean living environment. Don't get me wrong, by Friday afternoon my apartment looks like a ransacked zoo, but I genuinely have a lot of fun lighting amazing candles, putting on music and cleaning things up on Sunday. If you are by chance my neighbor and heard a clamor of The Black Keys and The Temptations echoing from my unit yesterday, I am really sorry (I'll try to keep it down)!
2. Buying Used Books: When I was growing up my mom would always drag my brothers and I into every used bookstore in the tri-state area and we always were a little disgruntled about those "boring" excursions. Honestly, a past me would have been appalled at what I am about to admit, but I LOVE USED BOOKSTORES and I can not think of many little joys that can outweigh buying your favorite book (hardback) for $1.50. Sorry for thinking you were crazy, mom.
3.Headscarves: I've been trying to collect a variety of vintage head scarves and I have also been learning how to tie them in different ways. I am a fan of the head scarf since messy hair is pretty much my unintentional signature hairstyle. All I have to do in the morning post-shower is nicely wrap the scarf around my head and call it "good".
4. Long Walks After the Rain: I have always loved the smell of the air after a good rain. Nothing beats taking an evening walk around the block after a storm. All the buildings, cars and street signs seems to glisten in the hazy aftermath.
5. Listening to Somebody's Story: I am referring to the little side stories that people tell in conversation. Maybe it's an experience they had that day, or something unbearably awkward that happened to them that afternoon. It's a plus if you are an animated story teller, but I love them all the same. Have an incredibly awkward story? Please tell me, because I really like to hear your stories.
“Happiness, not in another place but this place...not for another hour, but this hour.”
― Walt Whitman