People ask about favorite things as a way to categorize others.
I can’t help but feel the ensuing pressure of this demand: I must say something recognizable, not too questionable, that I actually do like, and that is impressive.
Take books, for example. I take books quite often -or, I did when I had more free time. As a child I had very definite favorite authors; but, more so, I had favorite pieces of specific works I enjoyed.
In truth, that follows for nearly all creative works I encounter. At moments of life or in viewing or listening or feeling art in its various forms, I fondly recall a certain passage I encountered before.
No, those passages are not always from impressive works.
I find I think of them because, at that moment, the creator was able to express what I am feeling or thinking.
Given the limitations of language and art, that is a difficult feat.
I’m sure the questioner of a conversation does not intend to incite such anxiety in the responder. I can’t help but feel on the spot, however -that here is my one job-interview-type chance to connect with another.
Since this is a fairly impersonal medium, I began this post intending to list a few favorites. Given the hesitations I admitted to; you, the reader, have been treated to my explanations and apologies initially.
Now that we are more properly acquainted and thoroughly derailed off topic, I will return to the original idea.
Once, in high school, we were assigned to list all the things in life we loved. I cannot remember the exact parameters of the instructions, but I thought deeply about what things evoked a very specific, excited response.
There were, of course, feelings associated with intimate relationships or enjoying a thrilling amusement park.
More so, however, I focused on a sort of happy bubbling deep inside that occurred when I spoke or thought of a thing.
These are what I am most interested in listing. I’ll address books or movies at a later date.
Today, my favorite things would include the following:
- Blanketing snow on a cold, winter morning.
- Happiness lighting a child’s face.
- Finishing a challenging exercise.
- Coming home to a tidy house.
- Appreciation for my writing or art.
- The morning after rain.
- Running in the rain.
- An impending storm.
- Rich, delicious chocolate.
- Giving someone a gift s/he really wanted.
- Contrasts of color painted by Nature.
- History, particularly in old buildings or artifacts.
- Driving to a new place.
- A deep conversation with a good friend.
Whether you list it or not, what makes you happy? What events, thoughts, or experiences elicit a happy bubbling inside you?