My initial inspiration for creating the following list struck me while thinking of a friend who committed suicide just over a year ago. Once up a time, her eyes sparkled with a celebration and zest for life. Sadly, she eventually allowed the darkness in and it distracted her from all of the beauty which surrounded her. That beauty could have sustained her, had she allowed it to. Life is wonderful adventure that no one should ever give up on. My intention is that this list it will provide hope for just one person who cannot seem to find a reason to stay.
When one dies, we ache only for another day to love them. All of those left behind cling to every celebratory aspect of that person, immersing themselves in every shred and morsel of the love-filled memories they desperately wish to revisit. All of the grudges, the ego-driven arguments, the financial failures and the superficial agendas become meaningless when we are met with the finality of death.
So while you're here, make the most of it. Swim around in some love today. Find something to marvel at. There are an abundance of reasons to celebrate all of the wonder life provides, yet we often exist hoping for the heavens to part and captivate us with an explosion of stars. What if the magic is in the seemingly small, quiet moments we take for granted? Life is just a celebration of love and joy, and the human experience is simply miraculous. Below are 51 reasons why...
- The smell of freshly-cut grass.
Your fluffiest blanket, fresh from the dryer.
Your first stretch, crack and pop upon waking in the morning.
The sound of the ocean waves crashing against the rocks.
The sweaty, triumphant state of crossing the finish line of your toughest race.
When you're sneaking a peek at someone who is also sneaking a peek at you.
Being awoken by a life-altering epiphany.
Being greeted by your dog as though you're more important than the Pope.
A bubble bath with a seemingly infinite supply of hot water...
The smell of freshly brewed coffee.
Discovering sand in your shoes two weeks after returning home from a beach vacation...
An ice cold bottle of water on a scorching hot day.
The taste of ripe watermelon greeting a thirsty tongue in the heart of summer.
Your first "yes" after a hundred times of hearing "no"...
When your entire bathroom is filled with the fragrance of your favorite shampoo.
Laughing until your cheeks ache.
The smell of clean laundry.
A sunset so captivating, marveling at it takes precedence over capturing it.
A sunflower larger than your head.
A sincere compliment.
The gaze of childlike wonder.
A high-five from someone you have long admired.
Watching the sun rise.
A random, unexpected influx of inspiration.
Conversations so enthralling, you forget to check your phone.
Your favorite pillow.
The beauty of the sun glistening through the trees...
The smell of rain.
A heartfelt apology.
A hug with just the right amount of squeeze.
A picturesque view at the top of a grueling hike.
Stumbling upon forgotten photographs which depict one of your happiest memories.
When your team wins.
Pulling into your driveway after having been away from home for far too long.
Fingers stroking your hair.
The first spark of hope after a season of doubt.
The perfect balance of salty and sweet.
The sound of the ice cream truck in your neighborhood.
When your mom permits you to lick the cake batter from the bowl.
Crawling into a bed with crisp, clean sheets.
The sweet release of a full-body sneeze.
When someone falls and no one is hurt, but everyone laughs.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
The whine of a steel guitar.
A passionate "congratulations!", just when you fear no one cared.
A beat so infectious, your body can't help but move to it.
The first drop of rain marking the end of a drought.
The freedom of letting go after long imagining you never could...
Read the original version of this article by Lacey Johnson on The Daily Doll.
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