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Life - Things that make me happy

I debated about whether or not this would be another post about my struggle and complaining about how hard it is, and how I can't seem to snap out of this depressive hole I've fallen into. So in an effort to keep myself afloat, I'm going to list some things that have made me happy recently, and although some might be completely ridiculous they help me.

Personal Happiness - And I don't necessarily mean personal happiness. It's a brand of Japanese trinket. They are these little bunnies with mustaches. What's the point? There's probably no point at all other than the one I have has a mustache and Hawaiian print shorts. Whenever I look at him I think I'm on vacation. He's so tiny he fits in my palm. I like small cute things. I'm a bit of a trinket junkie. I have no place to put them, but I like small things that I can manage and keep safe, especially when I feel like I can't do that for myself.

Neko Atsume - I don't know how many of you like your mobile devices to have apps but I saw a friend post of screen shot of this game on instagram, and guys I don't know what it did to me but I'm smitten. It's basically a Japanese (again) app where you have a yard and you put food and toys in said yard and kitties come visit you and they leave you more fish to buy stuff with and they leave you mementos when they bond with you. There literally is no other purpose other than collecting stuff, putting it out for the kitties to play with and periodically checking up on them. That's it. It's so freaking relaxing. I've struggled for awhile to find something that can truly distract me from the level of stress I've obtained from my job. Life in general, but mainly my job. I'm not quite sure how I let myself go this far to be so consumed with work that I'm already thinking about the next day as soon as I leave and being all kinds of upset about stupid stuff, but this little game helps me forget it for that short time I'm checking up on my digital cats.

Candles
- Super cliche, but sometimes I will just stare at the flames and blank out. My mind runs a million miles a second and sometimes I can't find a way to shut it off. Candles help. They are comforting and perfect for the particular season especially. I'm currently in love with a Yankee candle called North Pole. It's a sweet peppermint/candy cane smell and it calms me down. Gimme a cup of coffee, a cozy blanket and a candle and I'm set.

Music and Video Games - I go back and forth with different forms of entertainment to keep me preoccupied with life, but recently I've been getting back into heavily listening to music. I like to drown myself in the feelings of music and the message it conveys, whether it's emotional or ridiculous, it's been helping me to focus on the rhythm and emotion of the song and not the discord that's been going on inside of me. With video games.... man it has been a long time. I decided on whim to start a game of KH2. I've always been a fan of RPGs for the story, because again it allows for me to get lost in that moment and story. Lemme tell you, it's been a really nice stress release and I can't even begin to explain how nice it is to get so engrossed in something for a period of time where everything else seems to fade away for awhile. Makes me feel like I can breathe again.

Now, I know that I can't solely rely on these things for the rest of my life to help me out of my depressive, stressful, anxiety-ridden stage of life, but it's start to help propel me forward to get out of it. So forget about medicine, therapists, and doctor's visits. This is a nice step I'd say... Now I just gotta get back to my writing, hah!

Thanks for reading! Feels good to push out some positive ^_^

Comments

Casting light on the good in your life can leave the bad in shadow. It's liberating to focus on what you love -- it's what got me through the darkest hours. I'm glad you have so much to take your mind of things, moomin. Keep fighting; keep yourself laughing; keep your spirit young!

I know you can get through it. You're an extremely strong and gifted person, believe it. You can do and overcome anything you pit your will against.

Or, as the Beastie Boys would say, "YOU GOTTA FIGHT, FOR YOUR RIGHT, TO PAAAAAAAARTEH."

Bruno...
 
One game I used to play while driving down the highway " I confess I still play it," I see if I can get the attention of the passenger of the car going by. If it is a woman I wink, only to be able read her lips and have her tell the driver that guy just winked at me. I wave to little kids once, once they tell their parents and look back at me a second time, I stick my tongue out at them. Little kids can't believe some old guy would stick their tongue out at them. The part that makes me feel good is, that people love it when you pay attention to them when it is not expected. They shy little smile always seems to come back the fact that you noticed never seems to get lost.


So Hammy here's a friendly wave, and a sly wink.
 
Your mustached bunnies reminded me of my Danbo. Yes, I have a Danboard! After reading the candle description, I am ready to snuggle in bed. That sounds so relaxing. I just finished my graveyard shift from midnight to 7 AM. I will be going back to sleep soon. I enjoyed reading this. As long as you do what you enjoy and you enjoy what you do, may the best come to you every day. :thumbl:
 
Hammy, what's kh2? Also, if you like water and are looking for ways to unwind, a nice hot bath usually does the trick for me! (Then again I'm a mom and always looking for ways to get some privacy!)
 
Candles are nice :) Also, green places with calm water.

But I think people-watching is the most calming thing for me. Just standing back over a busy place and watching people do their thing. That and writing :)
 
Allysan;bt5118 said:
Hammy, what's kh2? Also, if you like water and are looking for ways to unwind, a nice hot bath usually does the trick for me! (Then again I'm a mom and always looking for ways to get some privacy!)

Yes,I have all these bath things I wanna try! And kh2 is Kingdom Hearts. An awesome RPG that came out awhile ago and they re-released them.
 
Thanks everyone for reading.I'm glad you guys liked it!

Yes kamino,I quite enjoy that too. Especially at restaurants or book stores. It's fascinating.

Haha plastic! Usually I'm giving side eye to people because they don't know how to try but I should try just smiling at them from now on. Thank you ^_^

Let's party together Bruno. Beastie Boys style =p

Charming, thanks for reading. Glad it sounds relaxing. You know you're doing something right when others can relax too haha
 
That's what I thought it stood for but I wasn't sure! I love kingdom hearts! I played it a lot in high school and bought it again for my PS3 a while back. I don't get to play that often anymore but one day I'm gonna beat that game!! Having a hard time in that dang whale in pinnochioland lol! They released a second one?
 
Allysan;bt5142 said:
That's what I thought it stood for but I wasn't sure! I love kingdom hearts! I played it a lot in high school and bought it again for my PS3 a while back. I don't get to play that often anymore but one day I'm gonna beat that game!! Having a hard time in that dang whale in pinnochioland lol! They released a second one?


That whale was the hardest! And yea, they came.out with a second one and a bunch of filler games. And kh3 hopefully will come out in our lifetime haha
 
There is a very nice psychological aspect to staring at a flame of any size. We have a burn barrel in which we light fires... but I prefer a pit. Or looking at our gas fireplace. Something happens, and your thoughts grow deeper. Slower.

As if what once was a rushing whitewater river has swirled upon itself, eaten it's own tail, and become a perfectly still lake.

Or maybe we're pyromaniacs.
 
am_hammy;bt5145 said:
That whale was the hardest! And yea, they came.out with a second one and a bunch of filler games. And kh3 hopefully will come out in our lifetime haha

I need to find it! And yes, we can dream! (And wait for the rerelease of Banjo and Kazooie too!)
 
I actually think you can buy banjo kazooie on the playstation store somewhere. I swear I've seen my brother recently play it!

Crowley - We must be. I was out to dinner with a friend a few days ago and the restaurant had a massive fireplace. Like, meant for beast's castle kinda big and I caught myself staring at it in the middle of our conversation. It's mesmerizing.
 

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