The little things

10.18.2010I have one of those little black and white speckled journals (although mine is pink and white,) that I keep in my purse at all times. I got it for 50 cents at Target before I came to school, and it was probably one of the best investments I’ve ever made. On the outside, I have written: “The Little Things,” and basically it’s an ongoing list of little things that occur during my day that make me happy, or things I hear that make me stop and think about life a little more deeply.

See, IÂ’m a fairly simple kid. I find happiness in the smallest things that most people think of as routine, like making coffee, looking at the stars, or saying good morning to other people. In college, itÂ’s easy to get distracted, and itÂ’s easy for the little things in life to become mundane or dull. And so my goal everyday is to not let the routine things become routine, and to find the beauty in the ordinary.

How do I do that? Well, I amuse myself in little things that most people would find absurd or even stupid, put bluntly. Here are some examples: The other day I rollerbladed back and forth down the long hallway of 5-Meyer in Stuart hall. When I went home for Labor Day weekend, I sung loudly to myself when I drove my car since my radio is broken. I write the word “Blank” on my dry erase board when there is nothing on it. I have a mini cactus on my windowsill that I plan to put eyes on so that it looks like a person. My friend and I are going to make shoes out of duct tape at some point, and decorate them with my art supplies.

I’ll agree, some of these things just sound plain dumb. But it’s things like this that make me the happiest. They’re so simple, and yet I think it’s the simplicity that I find beautiful. Thus, the list inside my 50-cent journal continues to grow, serving as a constant reminder that my happiness is found in the birds chirping, or in squeezing my teddy bear, or in old photographs, or in a good cup of coffee, or in the sound of rain on my window, or in giving hugs – you know, the little things.