I have a reasonably good life. I have a roof over my head, food to eat and I’m usually relatively healthy. Though these are the basics of survival, and simply surviving does not make life worth living. In our every day lives we have a lot of ups and downs, that’s life, but it can be really easy to focus on the bad stuff, which can eventually leave us feeling really bad and not knowing why we carry on. Some time back I was told about the concept of making lists of things that don’t suck, as a way of remembering that not everything is bad and that some stuff is even pretty awesome. So here is my first of what I hope will be many posts about things that don’t suck.
- Cuddling with a loved one
- Good books
- Warm weather
Cuddling is great. During cuddling your brain releases oxytocin and endorphins which make you feel good. It also helps to reduce stress and blood pressure.
Good books. Recently I’ve been listening to(yes I use audio books because I’m a busy person) Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. I bought the book years ago but never got very far into it since I would always get distracted with other things and its a pretty big book. The paperback is 1168 pages and the audio book is nearly 43 hours long. It is however a really amazing book. Being a pretty general purpose geek, and more specifically a computer geek, I often time find myself smiling or laughing at some of the really detailed descriptions of geeky quirks and behaviour that are depicted in the book.
YouTube has become my daily source of video entertainment. I do not own a TV and I feel no need to own one. YouTube is full of so much entertaining and educational content that I very seldom am left with “nothing to watch”. Recently I stumbled across videos by Hank and John Green. These brothers started video blogging back in around 2007 and have produced a mountain of awesome content since. Along with their sort video blog entries, they have also started a number of educational shows along with their friends. With John covering literature and history and Hank covering various aspects of science, there is always something interesting to learn from them. Did I mention that they are cute, geeky and funny too? Hank and I even share a birthday.
Warm weather. While some would say that Durban is always warm, I might have to disagree with them. I seem to be an odd creature that likes a very narrow range of temperatures to be comfortable. The weather has been really warm end even scorchingly hot in Durban lately, and while I really don’t like being all sweaty and sticky, I much prefer it to being cold.
Anyway, that’s just a quick look at some things that don’t suck in my life right now. What things don’t suck in your life?