For some reason this happens to me during football season the most. I become very aware of a need to have something to look forward to. With football (college and NFL), almost every week there are entertaining games to watch. Then there was the midterm elections with all the results coming in and being counted yesterday. Baseball is over (who cares, right?) but I had a hot take last week that baseball isn’t America’s pastime anyway.
In the big picture, I think it’s healthy to have something to look forward to. It’s part of human nature (I hope the Michael Jackson song is stuck in your head now 🙂 ). But at the same time, I don’t always want to be chasing that high. Sure, it’s good and fun to have great things going on in our lives, but there will absolutely be days that nothing is going on and not much is on the horizon. Yes, I’m talking about you winter. As I’ve gotten older, and more crabby (am I really turning into the “get off my lawn!” guy??), winter has fallen down on my list of favorite seasons. In Nashville, I loved the snow. But there wasn’t much else I loved about the cold, winter months. When I worked at CMT, I’d leave home in the dark and get back home after work in the dark. Those were dark days, pun intended.
I try to remind myself that there’s a bigger picture. It’s OK to NOT have something in the near future to look forward to. But also not to forget that it’s great to find things to be happy about, and even create things to look forward to. Of course, life isn’t just about being happy all the time because, first of all, that’s impossible and if we were to expect that, we’d be setting ourselves up for extreme lows. But do find joy in the small things. That’s something I’m going to try doing this week, especially as winter approaches where it’ll be dark by 6pm.
Plus, Alabama has lost not once, but TWICE, this season and if that doesn’t make you happy, nothing will. 😉
Thanks for dropping in…
-Out of the Wilderness