DAY 1 : 10 things that make you happy
If I say that I love them with my whole heart, it would not be an exaggeration! I love and adore them simply because they are so tasty. There is nothing better than a cold watermelon in a hot summer day while you are on the beach! Maybe my unconditional love towards them is due to the fact that my surname originally means “watermelon” , I am not even kidding. Translated my name in English would mean “Joy Watermelon” and this is real ice-breaker for conversations, trust me!
- Old books
The smell of them, the touch of them and the whole sensation that these books have survived though the years, that many people read them and know the stories in them. Oh, this is like a pure heaven to me. I adore having a new book in my hands, but there is something mysterious and alluring in the old ones as if they keep secrets between their pages.
- Big old libraries
The one with the gothic or post –renascence architecture and the endless rolls and the many books on them and the magnificent ceilings hanging over your head. In other words, the ones which can take your breath away in a few seconds and make you wonder how on Earth such a fantastic place can even exist.
- Deep conversations
When someone starts revealing something to you or just begins to talk freely without precautions or prejudiced mind about life, love or art. When you feel that this person can tell you everything just in the fracture of the second, how this person is his true self without the constant pressure upon him. Some people say that we tend to be more honest when we are tired or at 3 am in the morning( if we are not asleep), but to me is a matter of gut feeling and intuition. When such moments happen, it can make me blissfully happy.
- When everything is neat and tidy
Don’t get me wrong here, I am not some pedantic person who wants everything to be completely organized. In fact, quite so often I can be really messy one with almost absolutely everything out of its place. But once or twice a month, I make a great effort to tidy up every nook and cranny and even rearrange my clothes according to colour and I wouldn’t stop until everything is like a new pin. I greatly admire people who manage to combine colours and different objects in such a way that to look cozy and elegant at the same time and when I see rooms or spaces like that I tell myself that they have certain character.
- Love nonconformists
People who are not afraid of speaking up “This is who I am” and who possess the resilience to swim against the tide. Who challenge our perceptions and are not reluctant to be themselves. People who have so much passion and drive in life that they couldn’t help but express themselves in every possible way. Who are not put off by the fact that they do not belong to particular category or norm. People who are brave enough to leave a mark. Jack Kerouac put it better than me ““[…]the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”
Despite the fact that I don’t draw as often as I used to, I still feel the sheer joy and satisfaction the minute I finish something. My art teacher told me once that the real artists can draw with everything and on everything, everything else is either an excuse or a waste of talent. He might be right or not, I am not completely sure.
- Fantasy worlds
Very well established fantasies have my heart, I can’t lie about it. Everything from story-tales, mythology, legends to modern fantasy worlds and universes can put a smile on my face. I swear, I will never be too old for a Hogwarts’ letter or a walk in the forest with a hobbit. Let alone a trip to another planet with the Doctor.
To be honest, I can’t remember when was the last time when I was somewhere in the country side, but I miss it. When I was little, I and my father very frequently went to places into the woods, not to have a camp there, but a good walking around with the birds singing and tweeting around you can be very rewarding experience. I particularly enjoy the feeling of getting away from the city and the people and just be lost in the woods (even for a while). Someday, I would have a tiny house into the woods and river, just to be away from the madding crowd as Thomas Hardy said it.
- When all the people I love are happy
There is nothing else like it! It’s quite obvious,isn’t it? But it’s true, when all my friends and relatives are well and happy I feel that everything falls on its place. Everything else loses its meaning over time, the relationships we build with the ones we love have a real and profound significance in our life. Everything else is just temporary distractions.