A list of the fifteen things I love. I assume we do not include people, but I might have. If so, disregard number eight and pretend this is the list of fourteen things I love that are not people. This is a long post and will be tagged as such. It will not have a read more link but head’s up: the longest point is number eight.
I was tagged by the wonderful writer quaintobsessions. Check out her work, her flow and imagery are enchanting. All right, let’s do this.
15 Things I Love (excluding people):
15. Animal expressions. It’s weird seeing a dog’s forehead wrinkle when it’s thinking, or the way their eyes catch your attention and expressively try to convey a message to you. Maybe it’s just me being near animals too long.
14. Signs that signify a new season. The first flower buds that welcome spring; dragonflies and southwesterly winds announcing summer; the first leaves falling off the trees (hello autumn!); and northeastern winds and yellow grass nudging life into winter.
13. Discovering something new when you go on a walk. I live by a forest and a river so when I can, I take walks. It’s even more eye opening when those areas change; a hurricane taking out some of the shore for instance, or foresters clearing out vegetation in the annual brush fire. What turns up is anyone’s guess.
12. Looking up at the night’s sky. It doesn’t matter what time of year as long as there are stars in the sky and time to enjoy their company. [Ooh, bonus if it’s during a meteor shower.]
11. Taking a walk right after a downpour. I know it’s soggy, but I find it calming. The smell of soaked earth and the feel of mist and light sprinkles are nice.
10. A song, soundtrack, or playlist that resonates with me. One that will never dull and I’ll never get tired of. I love it when the music is in harmony with my workspace and work vibe.
9. Paper textures. I love the feel of paper. Sometimes when I go to the store and buy new supplies, I buy a sketchbook or notebook because of the paper’s texture. Felt, Laid, and Linen are my favorites. It’s why I buy composition notebooks for my notes and writing, and why I have so many sketchbooks.
8. When I see a performer or artist’s passions and strengths shine through in their work. This might be counted as a separate listing (if so, oh dear), but I also love when an actor or performer’s personality breaks through into their performance, minimizing or enhancing the character they’re portraying. It’s like that weird candid break in the universe showing the man or woman behind the curtain; if you’re lucky, you catch those little moments and realize how invested they are in their character and the world they’re bringing to life. It makes me love their character even more. Sometimes, it’s comforting. Other times, it’s intense or tragic (great example: watch the ending of Nirvana’s unplugged version of “Where Did You Sleep Last Night,” and take note of the breath Kurt takes). This fascination doesn’t apply to comedy, but I do enjoy the laugh comedians and the audience shares when they break character.
7. Storytelling. Especially in low light (candlelight, flashlight, lamplight).
6. When I’m reading and the world around me falls away to focus on the story or poem. It always feels like I slipped through to another dimension. Well, only until the story or poem is over.
5. Smiling to myself because I thought of something funny. I could be working, cleaning, doing anything, and all of sudden I think of something nice or funny. To someone else it probably looks like I’m smiling like a goofball to nothing in particular.
4. The first stroke done using any art medium—pen, brush, marker, pencil—on a project. I always hear a cello play a note; low, soulful, even. It’s probably fringes of madness, but I guess that’s how my mind works.
3. Being awake late in the night or in the early morning when everyone is still asleep and most of the world is silent (I live in the country). I find the time magical and alive. If I stay up long enough, I can hear the waves of the river outside. Longer still and I can hear the sound of the ferry horn preparing it’s first shift. I guess the question is will I still relish it when I’m older? Maybe. I’ll never forget it though.
2. The process that leads to solving puzzles and brain teasers. Figuring things out, and the challenge it brings, keeps me content.
1. Surrendering to a zone; being in the zone. When I work on a project, regardless if it’s something I’m writing, drawing, playing, or listening to, and I become engrossed in it, something clicks into place and I get lost in it. Everything falls away except for the task I’m working on.
Ah, now the tagging. You don’t have to do this; it’s all good fun. I’m pretty sure the people I would like to tag has already done this, so if you see this and would like to create a list, please do. So, I’m tagging anyone who sees this and wants to do the list. I also want to tag beachacker too; hi, beachacker! Thank you for tagging me in past tag lists. :)