Inspired by this Hank Green vlog on "favorite feelings," I decided to really think about 15 of my favorite feelings...So, not an original concept for a blog, but original thoughts--by meeee--nonetheless...and in no particular order:
- Seeing someone or some people I haven't seen in a long time: Every time I go back to California and have the opportunity to catch up with family and friends I haven't seen in months is such a treat. Knowing that someone out there is excited to see you is a wonderful feeling. Spending time with people you love is never overrated. I will always love reunions.
- Taking my shoes off after a long day: Particularly if I've been wearing uncomfortable shoes, kicking them off upon entering my apartment is the best feeling. I always take my shoes off anyways when I walk into any home (shoutout to growing up in an Asian household), but it's especially satisfying after a long day--of walking, of working, of whatever.
- Being greeted by a dog: This may be generalizing, but I feel like dogs are always excited to greet a human who comes home. Walking into my apartment and being greeted by my roommate's dog is a wonderful feeling because he barks and he smiles and follows me around while I'm taking my shoes off or putting groceries in the fridge. He's just so happy to have someone home, and that makes me happy.
- Listening (or contributing) to really good harmonies: This is the choir nerd in me. One of my favorite feelings is hearing people harmonize well--and really being able to hear every part. The reason it's one of my favorite feelings is because it's like inhaling something really beautiful and slowly exhaling it over the duration of the song. That feeling is amazing.
- Being told "I miss you" by someone I also miss: This goes hand-in-hand with the first one on this list. But the words "I miss you" can make me feel a little sad, but it means someone cares enough to think about me. That's all we really want in this world, right? People to care?
- Receiving and opening snail mail: That feeling of reading words someone wrote by putting pen to paper is nearly indescribable, and I know many people don't feel the same way about snail mail, but I'll always love it. A written note means someone put thought into sharing something with me. That's awesome.
- Catching the subway right as its pulling into the station: Pure. Relief. *sigh*
- Getting a seat on the subway (preferably not next to manspreaders): Purer. Relief.
- Gifting someone the perfect book: I love buying books for people. There's something so personal about it. I may have written about this before on this blog, but buying someone a book is a way of saying, "I know you and I know what you'd like, and I read or saw this and thought of you." That feeling that comes with giving someone a book that they love (or are really excited about and haven't read) is just...ahh, I just love it. It makes me feel like jumping up and down and going, "Yes! This is so you!"
- Really soft beds: I know these are probably terrible for my back, but a really comfy mattress with really comfy pillow and really comfy blankets...one of my favorite feelings is falling into a soft bed.
- Being told I'm respected or admired: So, this makes me feel a little awkward because I often don't know how to respond. But, let's be realistic: everyone likes being told they're someone who others look up to. It sounds arrogant, but that's a wonderful feeling, you know? To know you've done something or you're doing something that is worthy of admiration. It's so easy to be a shitty person, so it's nice to know that I'm not a totally shitty person.
- Being the first off a plane: Another feeling of relief. Just being able to walk right off the plane with no one in front of me. Yes.
- Being commended for telling a story well: I was interviewing someone once for a story, and at one point when my cameraman asked her to keep her answers a little shorter, she laughed and responded, "Sorry, Traci is just so easy to talk to!" That's a great feeling. That's why I'm a journalist.
- Walking into an air conditioned building or room, especially from a really humid day: This is a literal feeling that is one of my favorite feelings. Literally feeling cool is the best.
- Opening a new hardcover book: The sound! The smell of new pages! The possibility of a new adventure!
PS--This was WAY more difficult to do than I thought it would be.