List of Good Things

Sometimes when I get sad or feel overwhelmed, I make lists of things that are good in the world. Here is my perpetual list of good things.

--wildflowers on the side of the road that bloom pretty colors even against the stinky ditch and the blurry grass
--children’s laughter, innocent and sweet, and tiny hands and arms that give hugs around legs and lower parts of body, burying faces into lower belly or even crotch. because INNOCENCE
--bumblebees that just bumble along doing their own business without a care and without malicious intent.
--dogs. just dogs.
--chocolate exists in the world. chocolate exists in different kinds. chocolate.
--the stars in the sky are always there shining, never going out for years and years and years. And they can shine out against the darkest of the void of space.
--the world keeps turning even bad things happen, when bad days occur, when life falls apart. the sun still rises and sets.
--fuzzy, warm blankets that are long enough for my legs.
--fuzzy warm socks
--hot chocolate with the correct amount of chocolate and the right temperature
--donuts.
--new books, old books, falling apart books, pretty books, ugly books, hardcovers, paperbacks, stacks of books, shelves of books, piles of books, library books, store-bought books, discarded books, hand-me-down books, yard sale books, book sale books, giveaway books, signed books, cherished books, annotated books, dog-eared books, smelly books, thick books, thin books, bad paper books, soft paper books, BOOKS
--children that smile. children that ask questions, children that make faces, children that dress up, children with imaginations, children with love. children.
--the leaves change color in the fall, making the world look like it’s on fire.
--blue skies, pure blue like the atmosphere is breathing the oceans. pure blue like I could swim up there
--rainbows that are just a faded mist against the blue of the sky. A iridescent magic in the sky. a promise
--ink on the page. dripped ink. written ink. splotches dark and smudgy. ink.
--the click clack of keys pounding to create something on a blank page
--disney princesses; especially rapunzel
--star wars
--hobbits. oh hobbits.
--music that makes you feel like you can fly, float, sing, jump to the moon, explode, breathe, live again
--staying up way too late but accomplishing something
--paint splotches on hands and arms.
--clothes that fit right and are comfortable
--soft, warm, kisses on the forehead. strong arms holding you around the back, warm breath on your skin, protection, safe, warmth, wonder, closeness
--Jesus
--walking barefoot in grass that’s been left in the shade.
--“Waiting for the Lights” on the Tangled soundtrack
--fictional characters that have become friends
--authors that care about their readers and talk to them and respond to them and encourage them and give them free stuff for being awesome. authors in general.
--the river of time book series. everything.
--that Tolkien and Lewis were friends. that they based characters off each other. that they loved fantasy enough to write it.
--Narnia. freaking Narnia. freaking middle earth and Narnia. I just.
--dragons. always.
--languages. just languages
--tako nurunuru
--pizza. yes. I said it. pizza.
--dr. jensen. enough said. and brown-bear. can’t forget brown-bear
--characters in my head.
--the quiet hours of the night, when the whole world is asleep and you are awake.
--Australia
--the moon
--SPACE IN GENERAL.
--glasses suggest intelligence instead of brokenness
--the sound turning book pages makes
--fire. bonfire. fire on a cool evening. fire and how it burns, how it smells, how it crackles, how it lives.
--the way people light up when they talk about something they care about
--wishing dandelions
--trees can grow through a rock
--adventure is out there!
--adam young exists and creates music that fills my veins with stars
--the smell outside after it rains
--sweatpants after a long day
--the smell of fresh bread, fresh cookies, fresh food
--thunderstorms that make the whole house shake
--chocolate cake
--dinosaur bones.
--foxes
--olan rogers exists
--every snowflake is different; zebras all have different stripes
--looking down on clouds in an airplane
--laughing until your belly hurts
--fireflies on a summer night
--peanut butter
--elephants; wolves; tigers; kangaroos; animals in general
--star trek and doctor who
--Goonies never say die
--a dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours
--hearts beat over 100,000 times a day
--ice cream
--comic books
--a boy who wants to hold your hand because somehow that makes his life less chaotic and insane.
--children writing poetry; children relating hope and love to penguins and teddy bears
--penguins though guys
--that tv shows can bring together groups of people that might not have talked to each other otherwise; that tv shows can introduce you to other possibilities; tv shows change lives.
--the sound of rain plink-plonking on the window, the on the roof, on the sides of the building, on you head
--the avengers: a group of misfit, messed up heroes that could come together and save the world
--the guardians: a group of misfit, messed-up criminals that could come together and save the galaxy
--After all these years, star trek is still popular
--photography reveals what people care about most.
--the reactions the human mind goes through upon learning about death
--glow-in-the-dark stars on my ceiling.
--galactic cannibalism
--the way the autumn wind blows and you can smell winter around the corner
--introverts and extroverts
--metal lunch boxes with cool designs
--brownies. brownies in ice cream. but just brownies
--blobfish
--aye-aye’s being terrifying
--warm sunbeams on my skin
--blowing air between my fingers and a grass blade, creating an obnoxious noise
--looking at the bright stars on a clear night
--making children laugh or smile
--holding tiny hands and fingers
--becoming lost while writing
--eating food that tastes better than anything else
--paint on my fingers
--the way children can learn language simply by listening and teaching themselves
--music that can evoke a sensation, an emotion, an atmosphere
--The hot man meeting to create Flynn Rider
--Erinn’s sense of humor
--Legos
--Journal art
--Friends and a lively conversation
--Babies. How they look at the world. How they’re faces change from emotion to emotion. How the little noises from their mouths make me laugh and laugh.
--Coming home after a long day.
--Ninjas
--Pocky
--Different kinds of handwriting and how it differs yet fits people’s personalities.
--Star Wars is back
--the left lung is smaller than the right lung in order to make room for the heart.
--It takes 200 million cells to take a step forward
--The carbon in the body is the same carbon coursing throughout the earth, creating mountains
--The bones in the body are as strong as granite.
--Handwritten letters (especially if they arrive in the mail)
--The ending of Fullmetal Alchemist
--Daredevil and “the best damn avocadoes this city has ever seen.”
--fangirls
--there's a school where you can take Klingon as a language
--toilets can fLUSH
--Barakamon
--that the internet provides a way for people to communicate across great distances, different time zones, and different walks of life. that I can send a message to someone sitting on their couch and they can send something back to me in a matter of seconds. That I can make friends with people I've never met in person, which would have been impossible twenty years ago.


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