What makes you happy?

My friends and I were having a conversation about losing motivation at work, when one of them asked, “What makes you happy?”

A simple question, but one that packs a wallop. We can’t all be rock stars, and most of us have to sit through 9-to-5 drudgery. If you’re lucky, you find a job that challenges you in the best ways possible, and that you really like, even if it means sitting at a desk the whole day. But sometimes every day seems like a Monday and you have to find a way to pull yourself out of the rut.

Which led to my friend asking, “What makes you happy?” Whatever it is, do more of that. I didn’t contribute much to the conversation. I’m lucky enough that I don’t really hate my work now. Don’t get me wrong, some days are just the pits! But most of the time, I don’t have any complaints. Not the kind that we used to spend hours discussing, in what now seems to be a previous life. In fact, I tend to forget my old job and colleagues, and one time I stumbled upon a group photo on Facebook, my first thought was literally, “Oh my God, they’re still alive!” I’d forgotten about them. Is it denial? Shoving unpleasant memories in the deepest recesses of my brain? Or just a thorough job of detoxification? I choose to believe it’s the latter.

But it did get me to thinking, what makes me happy? What’s fun to do? And I remembered – this blog. Having my own little place in the vast blogosphere, something to cultivate and to do with as I please. And I haven’t done much of either in the past month.

They say April is the cruellest month, right? It seemed to pass by so quickly that I didn’t even realize what happened. What did happen last month? Doctor’s appointments and hours of pain. (No, that photo is not me getting ready for a cool Muay Thai session. It’s me dealing with an uncool case of work-related tendon contusion.) Stressful days having to babysit some adults who really should know what they’re doing by now. More stressful days dealing with family and all the chaos that entails.

But hey, I’m back. And I hope I don’t forget that this is my thing.

“So what do you do for fun?”

“Oh, I have a blog!”