I shared in a recent Instagram post that at a time when there is so much suffering in the world, I feel guilty when I catch myself in moments of happiness:
I know this is irrational. I’m not going to lessen anyone’s suffering or solve the world’s problems by giving up all the things that bring me joy. It doesn’t mean I’m opting out of my responsibility to be part of the solutions. And the bright spots keep us going in dark times.
I’ve been focusing my gratitude on these bright spots amid all the fear, anxiety, rage, and frustration. They feel trivial in the grand scheme of things, but I know they’re important. Here are a few of mine:
- Being outdoors: We had a long, blessedly cool spring in Barcelona. The heat only arrived a couple weeks ago, and it’s not too bad yet. I’m thankful for this, since very small, outdoor hangouts are the only way I feel comfortable seeing friends right now. I’m spending a lot of time sitting on our terrace once the sun goes down.
- Cold drinks: I’m trying to stay hydrated, but my enthusiasm for water is waning, so we’re keeping our kitchen stocked with a variety of cool bevies: mint iced tea, ginger-honey switchel, and strawberry shrub with sparkling water are my current faves.
- Things that make me laugh: Most of the books and media I consume these days fall somewhere between challenging and infuriating, so I’m intentionally seeking out content that makes me laugh out loud. Samantha Irby’s brilliant collection of essays, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. Second or third viewings of The Good Place and The Office. Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams’ delightfully ridiculous new movie, Eurovision.
What bright spots are keeping you going right now?