Why Don’t We Spend More Time Doing What We Love?

Yesterday was just an all around fantastic day, and today and tomorrow should be for the same reason. I not only got to fly my beloved C-130 for work through some incredible mountain valleys, I also got to fly in a small plane as I work on my private pilot certificate.

It is something I have wanted to do since I was a little kid, and even started about ten years ago, but it just got too expensive at the time. It is even more expensive now, but I just could not wait any longer. So I jumped in head first, and have had more fun up in the air then I can remember having anywhere in quite some time.

All told I spent about 4.5 hours flying yesterday and loved every minute of it. I just can’t figure out why I didn’t start this sooner, and why we as a people don’t spend more time doing the things that bring us the most joy?

I know that my excuses were that I didn’t have the time or money to do it, but that is all they were, excuses. My financial position and time commitments have not changed recently, but my enjoyment level has because I stopped making excuses and just went for it.

My question to you all is what is one thing that you absolutely love doing that you wish you could do more of, and what is keeping you from doing it?

Sometimes even just thinking very specifically about those two questions is enough to help you find a way to do it more often.

It may require sacrifice like less sleep or no more Starbucks for awhile, but in the grand scheme of things those will be minor sacrifices compared to the enrichment you will experience in your life.

So take a minute to honestly assess where you could be happier, and then get to work making it a reality. The only person stopping you from being happier is you, so get out of your own way and make it happen.

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Ripping Through the Mountains is so Fun

Sorry I forgot the GoPro today, but I got my first flight where we really went after it and it was so much fun.

The terrain here is just so diverse and beautiful and I love it.  I seriously could go fly somewhere new everyday here and never get bored.  

With that being said, I have lost a lot of my flying stamina so I am exhausted and ready for bed.  I’m so happy to be here.

My Queenie Playing the Piano Brings Me Peace

I have always loved how musical my Queenie is.  It is one of the things I always found very attractive.  Unfortunately, life often gets in the way and she doesn’t get to be as musical as she would like.

Today though she was listening to music with the kids when she decided to sit down at the piano and start playing and singing.  It always just warms my heart to hear her play and sing.  You can really feel how much she loves it when she sings and plays.

When she was done you could see a physical difference in her presence as she was so much more happy and relaxed.  Not only did I enjoy the moment, it is a good reminder to me of how important it is to take care of yourself.

Yes we have to take care of work and school and family, but we also need to just take breaks and relax.  We need to do things that are just fun and bring us joy.  This was a great reminder to me as I head into what will likely be a busy week.

I Love the Winter Chill

I may be a little weird in this way but I really love it when it cools down.  I don’t know what it is about the fall into the winter, but it just makes me happy.  

The colors are nice, the snow is beautiful, and the food is great, but there really is just something about smelling the chill in the air that brings a smile to my face.

Maybe I just had lots of great memories at this time of year so I subconsciously feel happier.  I did use to love playing football with my friends in the snow and I loved playing in the leaves when I was even younger.

It is just a great time of the year.

Simple Joy

I was flipping through pictures on my phone today and just had to share this image with you.

This is of my little princess enjoying one of those bouncy slides at an awesome little festival we went to.  To me the look on her face is just priceless, and even more awesome because it was something so simple.

She was just going down a slide for less than two seconds and it brought her so much joy.  She actually kept talking about it for another ten minutes.  

As kids we find so much joy in simple things and then somewhere along the way we are taught that it has to be bigger and more extravagant to make us happy.  I am sure there is some scientific reason why dopamine is not as easily created or something but I also think it is a choice.

There is no reason we can’t find happiness in the simplest things in life.  In fact many of the happiest grandparents I know find their joy again in the simple joys of life.  Maybe we just go full circle and start to remember that it is the simple things that can bring us the most joy.

Getting Back to Work

It was so great going back to work today.  I didn’t know who I needed to see or where I needed to go or where anything was but man was it great to just be at work.

It is awesome to be in an active flying squadron again where I know I have a future.  It is no one’s fault that my last squadron didn’t feel that way, simply the nature of the transition, but it is refreshing to be somewhere new.

It likely will still be a couple of weeks before I actually get to fly courtesy of paperwork and such, but I am getting closer and it is amazing.

Life is just good right now and I’m happy.  I know some people don’t like to vocalize that because they think they will jinx it, but I am learning more and more that it is actually much better to acknowledge it.

I truly am excited to be here and excited to start a new long term adventure.  I know I have plenty to learn and that excites me too.  It is so great to feel gainfully employed after a nice break.

I was in a Magic Show With my Son

I don’t know why I am such a bump on a lot sometimes.  It is not uncommon for my wife to ask if I want to so something and I just sort of shrug my shoulders.

Fortunately, she is not easily deterred and today we went to a little free magic show at the library.  I don’t remember the guy’s name but apparently he has been on tv numerous times and was the magic world champion twice.

The show was only about an hour long and he kept it all pretty simple, but it was so much fun.  He was funny and engaging and he let me and my son be part of the show.

We both went up together and got to be part of a trick.  I normally habe no idea what magicians are doing, but today for the trick I was a part of I actually saw what was happening for almost the while trick.

Easton on the other hand had no idea and loved every minute of it.  He was laughing and bouncing around and having a great time.  It is always so great to see your kids that happy.

It makes me wonder how many of these opportunities I have missed because I was being a bump on a lot.  I’m sure it will happen again at some point, but for now I will enjoy how awesome it was to see so much joy in my son’s face.