Let’s Take Inventory
Let’s take inventory.
How much of your time is spent on things you feel you should enjoy… but don’t?
How many of your hobbies, trips, and social activities are things you feel you should get joy from… but don’t?
I’m reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and she touches on this in her May experiment called Be Serious About Play. She talks about how we can love the idea of taking cooking classes, having seasons tickets, getting a pedicure, or going to lectures… but we don’t actually enjoy those things. You understand exactly why other people find joy in these things, but you don’t. You like the idea of being that person, but you’re not.
And that’s OK.
What’s fun for you might not be fun for me (and vice versa) and that’s OK.
This is simple stuff but Holy Heck do we overlook it.
It made me think of a list (a list! Who’s surprised…) I started a few months ago in my journal and have been updating whenever something new comes to mind. It’s what led to me canceling Netflix and putting boundaries on my social media use.
The list looks a little something like this…
Things that make me feel good. Proud.
— Making things with my hands
— Taking photos
— Lifting heavy things
— Discovering things. Sharing cool things.
— When people feel seen/heard
— When people feel hopeful
Things that make me feel bad. Shame.
— Watching TV/movies alone
— Eating junk food alone at home
— Pressing snooze
— Being on the computer too long
— Looking at metrics
Taken in the Garment District of Manhattan. Filed under, Things that make me feel good.