Sometimes it doesn't actually take a whole lot to make you smile on some of your darkest days. You learn to find joy in the smallest of things.
As I'm writing this I'm doing a good job of getting all hot and bothered over the US election. That's not taking into consideration my personal stresses either. However, as I was talking to friends I remembered I'd bought a little oriental fan on my travels, so I went and found it. Now I'm cooling off with my fan whilst reading If You Feel Too Much (Expanded Edition) by Jamie Tworkowski, founder of To Write Love On Her Arms. Oh yeah, and it's signed.
My point is, in the grand scheme of things, these are tiny pockets of sunshine. Thing is, in the grand scheme of things, I'm as insignificant as these items, if not more so. So I take joy in knowing that I'm one of a few thousand people with a signed copy of this book. I take joy in the little fan that I bought for €3 at a flea market.
This election has been labeled as the "most divisive election in US history". In the past few days, I've bitten my nails to the point of my fingers beginning to bleed - something I've only done a handful of times in my life. So dammit, I'm going to find joy in even the smallest of things whilst watching every shift in the voting percentages. You should too.
To close, I think we all need to stop waiting for something scary or tragic to happen before we treat ourselves or look for joy in the little things.
Today, try to find at least one thing that makes you smile.