Wednesday, February 10, 2010

To Love

I ran across this quote awhile ago, and it got me thinking.

Proactive people show you what they love, what they want, what they purpose, and what they stand for. These people are very different from those who are known by what they hate, what they don't like, what they stand against, and what they will not do...

This got me thinking because I know people like that--people of whom I can only identify those things they don't like. Those things that bother them. What they don't want, don't enjoy, or don't love.

It's like when I realized I couldn't eat gluten contaminated items any more. I had two ways of looking at the situation:

1. The huge long list of things I couldn't eat any more.
2. The huge long list of things I can eat (or would be able to eat with a little bit of research and experimentation).

So I got to thinking about all the things I do love because I want to be a person who is known for their love and passion in life, not as a pure pessimist (into which hole I can definitely fall at times).

So here you have a random and very incomplete list of loves--very Sound of Music-esque I'm afraid.

  1. the ocean
  2. the ocean on New Years Eve, particularly when you're around a bunch of hotels so you can see their incredible firework displays and, if you're particularly lucky, the algae that glows in the water
  3. puppy dogs
  4. cats sitting on the side of the road, watching where you're going, but who are to busy (or snobby) to stop and talk
  5. Carmina Burana
  6. The adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia from the ballet Spartacus
  7. the balcony scene adagio from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet.
  8. keowneow gaiyang gap somtam (sticky rice, barbecue chicken, and green papaya salad)
  9. Thai food of all sorts
  10. Naan (Indian bread)
  11. The overpowering, hit you in the face feeling of heat upon walking out of the airport when you first land in Bangkok
  12. The scene of mint, lime, and cinnamon. Not all together.
  13. dark chocolate
  14. freshly made brownies smothered in vanilla ice-cream
  15. sitting and listening to my dad read the Christmas story on Christmas day
  16. playing games with my family
  17. being silly with my family
  18. dancing
  19. lazing with my baby sis
  20. cuddling while watching a movie
  21. monsoon season
  22. snow that is deep enough to go take a fun walk or play in and that stays white
  23. roses
  24. orchids
  25. beautiful gardens
  26. sunshine
  27. houses with lots of big windows
  28. wood floors
  29. fireplaces
  30. pianos
  31. playing the piano
  32. going to the symphony
  33. getting mail
  34. getting emails (not junk mail)
  35. babies
  36. being pregnant!
  37. pillow-top mattresses
  38. traveling/vacations to new places
  39. going to England
  40. going (hiking, wandering, just being in) to the Lake District
  41. the smell of new books
  42. new spiral-bound journals
  43. going out on a date that requires dressing up
  44. changing into sweats and other comfy clothes after being dressed up
  45. talking until the wee hours of the morning with my husband
  46. watching Chris when he's being silly trying to cheer me up
  47. the smell of clean laundry
  48. the fluffy feel of towels hot from the dryer
  49. being read to
  50. reading a well-loved book that I've devoured countless times before and will do so countless times more
  51. reading a brand new book from an author I love
  52. reading a new book from an author I want to explore
  53. reading in general
  54. writing blogs
  55. lolcats
  56. Audrey Hepburn
  57. classic movies like Gone With the Wind and Casablanca
  58. classic musicals like Fiddler on the Roof and
  59. having a sparkling clean house
  60. lazy Saturdays with nothing to do
  61. getting together with friends
  62. editing something and making it better than it was
  63. cooking and baking
  64. trying (and succeeding) at new recipes
  65. discovering how to make one of my favorite foods GF
  66. riding a bike
  67. riding a horse
  68. jet skiing
  69. snow mobiling
  70. hot tubs
  71. long, hot baths
  72. blue eyes
  73. dark red hair
  74. stretching
  75. road trips—when I get to drive
  76. seeing cardinals, especially in the middle of winter
  77. being barefoot
  78. wearing boots
  79. dangly earrings
  80. getting a hug
  81. discovering someone reads my blog
  82. thrift store shopping
  83. garage sale-ing
  84. doing my budget and having it come out even without a fuss
  85. finding an unexpected check or money
  89. an empty ballet studio with only a barre, a mirror, a wooden floor, and me
  90. holding hands with my husband
  91. distracting Chris when he’s trying to do homework or play a video game, he gets so cute when he’s trying to concentrate and ignore me and failing utterly
  92. really good salads
  93. going to a park
  94. going to historic places (when I know the history)
  95. going out for dinner or staying somewhere nice and pretending to be rich and have money to blow (ignoring the coupon or the discounted room that we snagged!)
  96. realizing that I don’t have to be rich to be content
  97. my wedding ring
  98. talking for hours with a good friend
  99. eating fruit
  100. drinking water
  101. being old enough to not be too old for good children’s authors like A.A. Milne, Beatrix Potter, and Michael Bond
  102. taking pictures
  103. candles
  104. Christmas lights
  105. popping the bubbles on bubble wrap
  106. making soap bubbles

OK, I think that’s enough for now. Might come back and add more to that list when I have time.


Amber said...

107. dual-nostril breathing...or is that just me?

Ouph said...

Probably just you; although, I do understand the nasal delights that can come of free and easy breathing!

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