I am a Canadian, and a relatively liberal Canadian, at that. Because of that it probably won’t surprise you to learn I was rooting for Hillary Clinton in the US Presidential election. My children were, too. Last night, as the results became increasingly obvious, my son Jacob became angry and my daughter Hannah became sad. At first I just sat with them and validated their feelings, sharing my own discouragement. And then I moved on to reassure them, as best I could, that as their mother I will take care of them and keep them safe and they don’t really need to worry about this stuff.
I tried to put on a brave face, but I was very unhappy. Today, I am determined not to wallow. I need some positivity. I think a lot of us need some positivity – even if you’re pleased about the outcome of the election, campaigns have a way of breeding divisiveness and bad feelings. So I’ve decided to count my blessings and look on the bright side. I blogged my last personal happiness list over a year ago, so it’s clearly high time for some happiness up in here.
Let’s get the joy party started, shall we?
My Happy List
- My daughter Hannah, who baked cookies yesterday, completely of her own accord.
- Singing along to a great song.
- Kindergarten. I spent today as a substitute teacher in one, and while those kids are super energetic, they are also hope in human form.
- Speaking of substitute teaching, I am so, so, so happy to have a job that I love and that energizes me every single day when I show up to work.
- Great boots, that make me feel super cute when I wear them.
- My son Jacob, who recently started piano lessons and loves them, and who shares my love of doing math calculations in the car.
- Chocolate, which never disappoints.
- Justin Trudeau. Is he perfect? No, but he’s a leader that many of us, as Canadians, are justly proud of.
- Speaking of being Canadian, I’m especially happy about that right now. Eh.
- New skis for my husband, and ski passes for my family, which means a really fun winter (provided the weather cooperates).
- The camera on my phone, which allows me to capture so much of life – and especially so much of my children’s lives – that I never would have been able to in the past.
- Colourful fall leaves, which brighten up an otherwise gloomy month like November.
- My husband, who supports me in so many ways, in particular as I went back to school and earned my teaching degree.
- Guitar Hero, which saw me through the couple of weeks when I was sitting around waiting for my teaching certificate to be finalized so that I could work.
- The peaceful transition of power, which is such an amazing thing, whether I disagree with the final decision or not.
What about you – what’s on your happy list right now? I’d love to hear!