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Day 2: What brings joy into your life?

Joy isn’t a word I use very much, I can’t recall a time where I thought of a situation or experience that I considered to be joyful. I think of terms like fun, excitement, excellent, etc but joy rarely comes to mind. So before writing this I had to think of what I consider joy and joyful to be, I may even have looked up the definition to help me out. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of joy is actually the Happy Happy, Joy Joy mind-washing helmet from Ren and Stimpy.

Ren and Stimpy wasn't weird, at all.
Ren and Stimpy wasn’t weird, at all.

If I think about it seriously though (and stop looking at that gif) there are a lot of things that bring me joy, most of which can be directly related to Jarrod. When he picks me up after work and we drive home I sometimes think that if someone had asked me 5 years ago “where do you think you’ll be in 5 years” I can guarantee my answer wouldn’t have been in a loving relationship, where I feel safe and comfortable and happy. It probably wouldn’t have included living in my own house with mortgage being my only debt, I probably would have had no idea and been more worried about the unpredictability I used to go home to every day.

So, I feel joy in coming home with the man I love every day to the house we’re slowly making into our home, the home that I sometimes still walk into and think “hmm, is this really mine?” because it sometimes seems like an impossibility that this is the turn my life made. It brings me joy to know I was able to get a second chance and turn what I had into something a lot more amazing.


4 responses to “Joy!”

  1. I don’t really use the word joy unless I’m using it in a sarcastic way saying “oh joy”. I have a lot of joy in my life but I just don’t use the term. Good luck with the writing challenge.

  2. I miss Ren and Stimpy! I used to have a Happy Happy Joy Joy poster, haha.

    I think that’s great that you’re in a relationship that makes you comfortable and happy 🙂 I’m in the same situation where the mortgage is our only debt. It’s nice to have that sense of stability. I hope things continue to go well for you!

  3. What a pleasant post. I think people forget to look for Joy in the everyday things, waiting instead for something ‘big’ to make them happy. Once a person is able to see that happiness in small things like a wonderful cup of coffee or a random smile from a stranger then they are in for an amazing, happy life! (ps-LUV Ren and Stimpy. That song has gotten me through some less than joyful moments while simultaneously bringing a little bit of joy!) (SITS Girls Sharefest!)

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