… share it with the world! (Shameless admission: I searched for the word “happy” on my iTunes list to see if there was a song I could use as a post title. What?! I’m not always creative, people! Anway, on with the post … )
In university, the arrival of November signals impending stress and nervous breakdowns. Barely a month before exams, everyone starts to slowly realize the amount of work they have pending and the extremely short amount of time they have to complete it. And then the hysteria begins. To combat this, some people do the smart thing and start studying. Others panic and … erm, blog.
Anyway, it’s during dark and tense times like this (overdramatic, much?) that you appreciate the small, tiny things that lift your spirits and make you happy, if only for a brief period of time. As I’ve been going around, moaning and complaining about the unfairness of life in general, I’ve come to realize just how many small things make me happy. Things like
- when you’re in lab on a particularly uninspiring day, feeling guilty about not getting any work done while everyone else seems to be working intently, and you pass by one of these “intently working” lab-mates only to notice that they’re actually intently playing Tetris on their computer and suddenly you’re flooded with compassion and love for that person, even though you barely know them.
- when you’re worrying about the amount of work you’re going to have to put into your exams to maintain your CAP this semester, and a sudden change in the S/U policy of your university causes your CAP to go up by 0.05. It’s not a big increase and it definitely doesn’t change the amount of work you’re going to have to put into your exams , but for some reason you feel extremely relieved and an “It’s going to be alright” feeling washes over you.
- when you stand on your weighing scale and it tells you that you’ve lost 0.5 kgs, even though you know the machine’s cranky and keeps changing its mind every 2 days and that it might tell you that you weigh a kilo more the next day.
- when your supervisor at lab tells you out of the blue that you need to submit a 1000+ word report for your project and gives you 3 days to complete the work and you freak out about it and curse and swear at the injustice of it all, and the next day he tells you that he made a mistake and that you don’t need to submit a report till the next semester, a full 4-5 months away, and you feel an inexplicable love for the man even though you were fuming at him less than 24 hours ago.
- when you get your new Nokia phone solely so you can have your favourite song on your ringtone, only to realize that your crappy phone doesn’t have enough memory to hold a whole song, and you fume and fret until you and your friend figure out a way to crop songs on Windows Movie Maker so that you can have the opening chords of Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water” as your new ringtone and you’re ecstatic about it despite the fact that your phone is almost always on silent since you spend insane hours at lab and that no one ever calls you during the few hours it is off silent mode. (Wow, that was a long sentence.)
- when you’re chatting with a junior from your old school one day and she’s telling you about everything’s that happened since you left two years ago and she mentions in passing that she knew about you even before she came to university because your favourite teacher in school used to teach her too and he talked a lot about you and you’re completely and joyously blown by the information, because you had no idea he even remembered your name, let alone care enough to talk about you after you left school.
- when you sign into GTalk and the mail thingy pops up and lets you know you have new comments on your latest blog post and you feel a rush of pride even though you stubbornly maintain (to everyone except MG) that you write for yourself and that “comments don’t matter”.
- when you make a list of things that make you happy and realize your life isn’t so bad afterall, even though you know you’ll be back to cribbing in no time. For the moment, though, life seems good.
They may seem silly, but they’re the small things in life worth cherishing and remembering. Putting them down on paper – er, screen – helps, as I’ve realized from this post, one that still puts a smile on my face everytime I read it.
So, what makes you happy? 🙂