Yeah, I know, I'm a snot-face. Hey, maybe that's the term I was looking for earlier.
Anyway, long story short, my sister convinced me to read "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin. Do I think I need help being happy? Of course not. Even if I was unhappy, do I think a book would help me magically be happy? No. I can do it by my lonesome, because I'm just that awesome.
Well, regardless, I actually liked the book. I don't think it changed my life in any way, but she made some interesting points I can't remember right now. I got the book from the library, and I didn't write anything down and I don't have it with me right now, so I don't remember exactly what she said, but there was this one point in the book she was talking about finding what you actually like to do, instead of doing stuff you think you like to do.
You'd think it's easy knowing what you like, but it's really not. I've been spending some time evaluating what I like to do, and I'm starting to realize most of what I think I like to do is either stuff I used to like to do or, more commonly, stuff I think I should like to do but really don't. I've created a measuring stick for myself: if I'm willing to cut into my tv time in the evening, then I really like it. If I'm not willing to cut into my tv time then I don't like it, or, at least, I don't like it more than a rerun of Chopped. It's simple really, if I actually do it, then I like it.
So, here's what I'm starting to realize. I don't like concerts. In fact, I don't like listening to music unless I'm driving. I don't like tea unless I'm having tea with a friend. I don't really like ice cream generally. These are all things I think I should like, but don't.
I don't like to draw. I used to, but I don't now, I'm not sure why. I don't like most movies anymore. I think I've developed a very short attention span.
I do like to read. I know that because I actually read, I cut into my tv time to do it and my sleep time, and I sneak pages in between waiting for my grilled cheese sandwich to brown. I like watching silly tv shows with space ships and aliens and shows where people cook. Now, if only Restaurant: Impossible had a Restaurant At The End Of The Universe special, I'd be really happy. I like to cook and I like to eat, which is awesome because eating and tv watching are mutually inclusive. And I like going places alone, coffee shops, movie theaters, even the grocery store. And I like coffee.
And I like them:
And I like him:
And I like Christmas. Unabashedly, genuinely and whole-heartedly.