When my daughter was a little girl, we used to love to listen to the soundtrack to “The Sound of Music” on our way to my nanny job every morning.
The song that resonated with us the most was “My Favorite Things” , a daily reminder that no matter how challenging things got , “simply remember my favorite things, and then i don’t feel so bad.”
As you get older, this becomes more difficult to put into practice.
A few months ago, I came upon an old book of cd’s that had that particular one enclosed in it. When it comes to taking care of my cd’s, frankly I suck at it.
So imagine my astonishment to discover that the cd played well in its entirety, even though it was 20 years old!
I started to reflect on what my own favorite things were, the things that cheered me up, made me smile, made me change my perspective.
I have always wished I could spend more time with dogs than I do people.
Dogs are unconditionally loving, loyal, calming, and they don’t care how you look, or about any of your insecurities , they are simply there to express love and acceptance, and receive love and acceptance.
2. Reruns of “Friends”
I have the entire library of this series in my possession, and no matter how many times I have watched each episode, I giggle like a twelve year old boy, and I’ll even watch it if it’s on commercial television. Comic genius.
3. Any music by The Rolling Stones.
These guys were ahead of their time , lyrical and musical geniuses. If I hear a Stones song on my way to work, I know it’s going to be a good day.
4. Anything potato-related.
Mashed potatoes, tater tots, cheese fries, etc.
If I could only have one food for the rest of my life, this would be it.
If you’re having a bad day, a heap of cheesy bacon fries is the perfect medicine.
5. Going to the movies.
When I was a little girl, my parents took us to the drive-in to see “Star Wars” and “Rocky”, (these are still 2 of my favorite movie franchises to this day), and movie theater popcorn is still an absolute delight.
6. Reading books during thunderstorms.
I find thunderstorms and books to both be very calming influences, so this one is naturally a no-brainer. (Of course the fact that Stephen King is my favorite writer makes this a little odd.)
I have dreams of one day visiting Switzerland (yes, that’s the Swiss Alps featured on my page), having a log cabin on 100 acres that I will use as a dog rescue venue, creating a cheesecake named after myself, meeting Mick Jagger……
8.The Holiday Season
Thanksgiving food (my favorite, including the aforementioned mashed potatoes), the first snow, buying presents for unjaded grandchildren, Christmas music, driving around looking at Christmas lights, eating Christmas cookies, the list goes on and on.
This post probably seems pointless, but the point is to focus on the things that make you feel good when you are feeling sad, distraught, angry, etc.
I loathe cliches, but there is always always something to be grateful for.
So you’ll have to excuse me while I go put on a Stones cd, make some cheesy bacon fries, which I shall then eat while watching an old episode of “Friends” with my 16 and a half year old dog, while feeling grateful that the holiday season is over, which I will follow with the latest Stephen King book.
What are some of your favorite things?