About 2 years ago Me, my Mate, his friend and our dog Serenity went on a hike to Gearhart Mountain National Park just outside of Bly, Oregon. I love being out in nature and hiking is one of my favorite summer activities. It was my Mate's idea to take me and our dog. I had never been mountain hiking so it was a first experience for me. The climb to the very top took a little over four hours but it was worth it everystep of the way. Once at the top I was treated to the most breathtaking view I had ever laid my eyes on. For miles in every direction was nothing but clear blue sky and rolling green hills with sparsely scattered Juniper trees. I couldn't take my eyes off it. To this day I vividely remember the experience at the top of the mountain. One of my personal favorite memories from that trip is of my dog Serenity playing in a large expanse of snow at the mountain's plateau. In the middle of JULY there was snow and she loved every single minute of it. I hope to go back there someday soon.
That is my experience that brought me great joy.
Last year I was a caregiver for an amazing girl who has a spinal cord injury. She is a few years older than me and SO independent! She moved here (Portland Oregon) from Chicago all on her own and has such an amazing resume! She has her own nonprofit organization called Backbones that hooks people with spinal cord injuries up with people that have similar injuries so that they can have some what of a mentorship/partnership relationship. Long story short: she is the most awesome person ever. So last year I got to go to Chicago for the first time and run a 5K for Backbones. Oh yea, and I got to go shopping in downtown Chicago. OMG!!!
I have had some recent joyful experiences. :) but the biggest joy was my daughter - from the first sono which I remember vividly and have picture of to her laugh this morning.
I can give you 4 experiences that brought great joy to my life the birth of my 4 children
My twin boys just had their birthday and are about to graduate high school. It was easy to find things to write that bring me great joy!
I journal so it wasn't hard for me to do this Daily Challenge. I was with friends yesterday and I was so happy, it is nice to feel love and be loved.
With out a doubt , this would be the birth of my two children.
One of my few great experience was a seven hour horseriding in the country here at home. Before (~ 25 years ago..) here was quite a lot unbuilt country land. Today here is still possible to ride long trails without having to ride along a road. That "only" needs a map and skill of orienteering, and courage to ride country with only paths made by deers....and a horse who trust you so much that it goes where ever you ask! (and I mean ask - not demand)
Summer is almost here, but here is 'winter story' I found few minutes ago:
this makes me smile everytime (I do not mean to hurt anyone's feelings - this is only a joke!)
+10° C - -273,15° C / +50 °F - -459,67°F
+10°C / +50°F Helsinki rental residents put the heat on. Lapps are planting the flowers.
+5°C / +41°F The Lapps are sunbathing, if the sun happens to rise above the horizon.
+2°C / +36°F Italian cars don't start up.
+-0°C / +32° F Distilled water freezes.
-1°C / +30°F Breathing becomes visible. Time to plan holidays in the Mediterranean Sea.
Lapps eat ice cream and drink a cold beer.
-4°C / +25°F The cat wants in the same bed.
-10°C / +14°C Time to plan vacation in Africa. Lapps go for a swim.
-12°C / +10°F So cold that not even snow doesn't fall
-15°C / +5°F French cars do not start up
-18°C / 0°F In Helsinki, the house owners put the heat on.
-20°C / /-4 °F One can hear his/her breathing.
-22°C / -8°F American cars do not start. It's too cold for ice skating.
-23°C / -9°F Politicians begin to mourn the fate of the homeless.
-24°C / -11°F Japanese cars do not start.
-26°C / -15°F Respiration can be cut to igloo building material.
-29°C / -20°F The cat wants into the same pajamas.
-30°C / -22°F German cars do not start.
Lappalainen curses, kicks the tyre and begins to start a Lada.*
-31°C / -24°F It's too cold for kissing, lips freeze together.
Lapland's football team begins spring practice period.
-35°C / -31°F Time to plan a two-week hot bath. Lapps shoveled snow from the roof.
-39°C / -38°F Mercury freezes. Too cold for thinking. Lapps close the uppermost shirt button.
-40°C / -40°F The car wants into the same bed. Lapps put a sweater on.
-45°C / -49°F Lapps close the inside window of the bathroom.
-50°C / -58°F The sea lions are leaving Greenland. Lapps change gloves to mittens.
-70°C / -94°F Polar bears start to leave the North Pole.
University of Lapland is celebrating its sports afternoon.
-75°C / -103°F Santa Claus leaves from the Arctic Circle. Lapps lower cap ear flaps down.
-250°C / -418°F Alcohol freezes. Lapps gets angry.
-268°C / -450°F Helium liquefies.
-270°C / -454°F Hell freezes over.
-273,15°C / -459,67°F
Absolute zero. All elementary movement stops. Even Lapps admit that ”ith stharhtsh tho bhe a bhith choldh, ghimmeh mhe ah sechond vodhkah.."
(The Lappish dialect puts an "h" in every word, sometimes several..)
*)Lada is a trademark of the Russian car manufacturer AvtoVAZ based in Tolyatti, Samara Oblast. It was originally the export brand for the models it sold under the Zhiguli name in the domestic Soviet market since June 1970. Manufacturing has ended in 2012. Lada cars became extremely popular in Russia and Eastern Europe during the last two decades of the Soviet era, particularly in former Soviet bloc countries, where they have become a symbol of city life. (Wikipedia)
I love music. I love when I have been practicing for a long while, then I am able to perform. It is a wonderful feeling.
I spent 4 minutes writing about joy that I remembered and how it made me feel. That joy is long gone, which makes for a deep sorrow in my heart. This exercise sort of backfired I guess, or maybe it's just the mood I'm in today after doing a lot of deep thinking last night. Maybe I'll try it again in a few days.