Life has this incredible intensity about it sometimes…hell, who am I kidding? All the time. Joy and playfulness are often overshadowed by stress and work, and it can become alarmingly easy to lose sight of what we love about life. In the rush hour of today, it is more important than ever to slow down and come back to ourselves, to appreciate those amazing things that make us stupidly happy.
Last month fellow blogger Sheila Hurst gave us a magnificent boost of positivity with her life enthusiasm insight. At the end of the day, everything is something to be enthusiastic about. In my series, The Life Enthusiast Chronicles, lovely humans from all over the world reveal their most cherished things about life.
Today I’m stoked to bring you my indie author pal, Chris Stocking from Mental Sweatshop. I can’t even remember how Chris and I first connected, but we seem to be each other’s cheerleaders in this thing called writing. He’s a fantastic young writer on the road to awesome. I love the way he unabashedly gushes over his wife, which you all know here, I’m a big sap for things of that nature. His noir book, The Rotten Apple, releases on March 22nd and I will definitely be checking it out!
Get ’em, Chris…
It’s interesting to think about what makes you excited about life. It’s not a question people often ask.
They don’t ask you on job applications, or even in interviews. No one seems interested in what makes you enjoy life. They’re only interested in what you can do for them, or how you can make them money.
What services can we trade? How can you help me? It doesn’t matter if it’s what you really like to do, as long as I get what I want and you’re able to do it in a way that suits me.
Now, that’s a bit of a cynical point of view I suppose, but true to some extent.
However, we ourselves don’t often think about it. Between keeping up on Facebook and Twitter and social media, working our day jobs, our night jobs, taking care of our families, making sure we’re healthy, school, and hobbies, we don’t often sit down and think: What makes me happy? What gets me enthused, pumped, and excited about life?
In the rush of life, it gets swept under the rug. We have more “important” things to worry about than making sure we’re happy. There are things to get done!
That’s why I’m so glad Britt asked me. Now I have a chance to really figure out what makes me happy. And, you know what, I don’t know if I can nail down one thing specifically, but I’m going to try.
I’m lucky enough to have a pretty good life. I have food to eat, a roof over my head, a loving wife, I finished high school, and I’m able to get a college education. Sure, I’ll be somewhat buried under a small mountain of loans, but the fact that I have the opportunity to further my education makes me better off than a lot of other people in the world.
But, when it comes down to what makes me really, truly happy, it has to be writing.
Yes, I love my wife, and I wouldn’t be where I am without her. Her love for reading has instilled a love of reading in me, and it pushed me to become a writer. To become a published, professional writer.
But, something about writing just makes me happy. The story, the characters, and everything about it. I have so much at my disposal. I have everything at my disposal. I can create worlds and lives. I have the power to change those lives and worlds, either for the better or worse. I am, quite literally, a god. Not that I need to be a god to be happy, but the fact that I can be is almost overwhelming.
I have, at my fingertips, in the depths of my mind, the power to tell a story. The power to move mountains, and the power to alter minds. To affect emotions. To make people fall in love. I have the potential to make people hate, and make people angry or happy or excited or nervous, both characters and readers alike.
If I’ve done my job well, I can instill so much in a person. And that is terrifying. It’s horrifyingly exciting that I have the potential for that. And that gets me excited about life. It gets me excited to get the words on the page and see what I can do. It’s fun, and gratifying, and exciting, and I don’t know what I would do without it.
I don’t know what I’d do without the power of words. Without the power of language.
And that, my friends, is what gets me excited about life.