I have an over abundance of Simple Joys and for that I am grateful. By simply opening myself up to these gems in my life, I am more consciously aware of them and, thus, have more to share. Without further ado, here is this week’s Simple Joys.
Freedom ’90. I was on a rare journey in the car alone. My iPod was on shuffle in a playlist that is named for me because it is comprised of my current all-time favorite songs. I was unhappy with the choices that kept playing so I prompted the next song after song. Finally I heard the strains of this song start and put my iPod down to listen. This song still holds power for me over twenty years later. I love the beat, the lyrics, the music, and the sound. George Michael’s voice is strong and distinctive. The video that seeps into my mind when listening is iconic; George Michaels assembled the world’s top Super Models to lip-synch his song. It was a steamy, sexy video and it didn’t even feature George Michaels. I recall that when I used to commute to my teaching job, a mere 10-minute commute at best, I would often play this song to get psyched for the day. Driving home alone the other day I felt the same surge of excitement and freedom. Great song, great Simple Joy.
Grocery Store. I had a great feeling at the grocery store that I realize I’ve had for years. Clerk and customer alike know me in my store. From the produce department to the dairy I am smiled at, spoken to, and stopped by many for a moment here or there. Often my daughter is the reason as she is, empirically, a beautiful baby. But, before her, either one of my sons was the cause (also empirically beautiful children). Even alone, however, I am drawn into a conversation, an observation, or a story. I see neighbors, people from town, people I’ve worked with, and people I met last time I was in the store. I’m not overly gregarious, but I smile. A lot. And people just enjoy talking to me. It’s not a burden; I rather enjoy it. And a chore that can be tedious to many is actually quite a Simple Joy for me.
Writing. My writing has been a topic constantly at this site. But, this past week my writing has come to the attention of a NASCAR driver in both the Camping World Truck Series and the Nationwide Series. I wrote about her in the NASCAR site Skirts and Scuffs and sent her the link. Well, she posted the link to her fan page with my name attached. I took the opportunity to request an actual interview with her, and, within a couple of days, she had followed me on Twitter and privately sent me her email to work out an interview! We are supposed to do something soon. My writing career took a new turn with this step! I learned that the only way to get what you want is to go after it and simply ask. Had I never asked I never would be in this lovely position. But, had I never embraced the idea that I am a writer, a writer as a career, I would never have a had the confidence to ask her. Chief 187 Chatter provided me the courage of my convictions to own my profession and to conduct myself with confidence. I am a writer and a damn fine one. This definitely counts as a huge Simple Joy.
Radio Personality. Since February I’ve been an on-air personality at another site I write for called WhooBazoo. The program on their Internet Radio station is called “Around the Cooler” and airs every Tuesday 8-10p EST and is a sports show. I come on around 9:20p EST to talk NASCAR for 20-40 minutes. I love this job! The live broadcast, my fellow broadcasters, Curtis, Bill, and Eric, and the call-in audience energize me. From choosing the topics to discuss to the preparation to know my content I am overjoyed with what I get to do. Having a weekly radio show to do is a really huge Simple Joy in my life.
It’s difficult to know when to stop writing for this topic. I feel there is always so much more to share from the week, but I want to stop to allow you all to leave the Simple Joys you have in your life as well. Because as great as it is for me to live and relive these Simple Joys, it helps me to read others’ and gain perspective, introduce myself to more ideas, and simply find joys in others.