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All the small things

Wow, I bet you're all {I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I need to stop pretending that anyone other than my mother reads this x} happy to see me again.

Anyway, I'm just going to hop straight into it...

Some of the other posts I've got in the works at the moment are more serious than usual {nothing too heavy, don't worry. I wouldn't be able to do that to my brain, let alone an innocent reader's}, and I've noticed that I'm yet to write anything that shows I'm more than just a deluded teenager with a penchant for big words and complaining. In light of this, I've decided to turn the tables and follow up from a piece I started writing in my little green book that focuses on all the small things {cue Blink-182 music} that make me happy. So, I hope these ramblings are at least somewhat relatable; easier for you to read than my usual drivel; and that they provide a brief, but happy break from whatever it is you're doing. {Although, I can't imagine what would prompt you to take a break from washing the cat to chew through this, but, hey, who am I to judge?}

So, here goes: {I'll keep these short and sweet- pinky swear}

  • When you look up at a really tall building and the clouds look like they're going to fall on you. Now, finding something that towers over me isn't too difficult seeing as I barely stand at 5ft3, but sometimes it's nice not to be intimidated by it and to just sit and watch instead. Even if it reminds you that we're all fairly insignificant when it comes to the grand scheme of things, I find it oddly comforting.

  • Seeing two men having coffee together. This is an odd thing to think about, but when you come from a town as conservative as mine, it's very rare that you see two men on a coffee date. So, whether this is romantic or platonic {or just an undetectable way to meet up and discuss world domination} it's lovely to see aspects of toxic masculinity being kicked to the curb.

  • Butterflies. Firstly, because I know that several families use Cabbage Whites (white butterflies that appear in pretty much every garden in the UK {watch out, Alan Titchmarsh, I'm coming for your gig}) as anthropomorphic metaphors for lost loved ones. I think this is an unbelievably sweet way to aid children in coming to terms with the harsh reality that no one will be with you forever, whilst also providing them with the comforting idea that they will remain with you in other ways. Additionally, butterflies always seem to be dancing with each other when they fly. {So, even though they're probably fighting about who left the cooker on last night, it's lovely to watch either way}.

  • This one's pathetically sappy, but I'm fascinated by the fact that no one's smile is the same. It's a cliché, I know, but smiles play such a huge part in building relationships of any form. Whether it's general conversation with your bus driver or a romantic interest, a smile can make people feel more comfortable in several situations (not to mention they're contagious and have been proven to relieve stress).

In short, smiling is a beautiful thing.

  • When dogs get excited to see you- simple as that.

  • Similarly, when cats follow you after you've said hello to them- if a cat wants to be around you then you can't be a bad person {because they're judgemental little sods}.

  • This one's a little odd, but that sense of relief you get when you drop something and it doesn't smash is practically euphoric. It may just be your brain acknowledging that you won't have to throw another £400 at an unenthusiastic Samsung employee to get a new phone, but regardless, it's an feeling so wonderful that I would consider dropping my phone again just to experience it.

  • People who wear bright colours, ugly clothes, or mismatched items and don't care- I aspire to hit this level of confidence at some point in my life and really admire those who already have {I hope it's soon because I have a whole wardrobe full of ugly that I plan to throw on all at once. Will I look like the Michelin Man? Yes, but I just won't care}

  • When you see someone you haven't seen in ages and nothing has changed between the two of you. Being able to slip back into a familiar relationship without any worry is just wonderful. If you don't have friends like this, rest assured knowing that your dog will still love you when you next see them {and if you don't have a dog either, then I'm sorry, but there's no hope for you}.

  • Finally, I love it when you accidentally wake up earlier than expected and you can just lay there, even if only for 10 minutes. You're warm, you're relaxed, and at this point in time you have absolutely nothing to worry about. In my eyes, it's even better in the winter when it's still dark and you've got an enormous cup of tea.

Anyway, this is something very different to what I usually post, and I hope it serves to show that, while it's very much part of my writing style to complain and be self deprecating, I spend a lot of time doing things other than that {wow, how versatile. Isn't she so diverse?}. Additionally, I hope you too have small things that make you happy, because sometimes their presence impacts your day more than you might expect.

{Right, okay, I'll stop with the happy clappy self exploration now, and I can assure you that my next post will show a return in sarcasm and overall me-ness. So, I'm sorry in advance.}

I'll see you soon, baboons. x

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