The simple things

What makes you happy?

Sometimes when I think about that question, I imagine exotic vacations, elaborate dinner parties, Fourth of July fireworks or other obviously enchanting activities. It’s easy to assume that the answer lies in something expensive, faraway or perhaps entirely unavailable at the moment.

As I sat in the bow of my family’s boat this weekend, though, I rediscovered my true answer.

Enjoying the simple things with my favorite people.

What makes me happy?

The simple things.

The smell of coconut sunscreen whipped together with clean canyon air.

The warmth of the sun-soaked boat cushions beneath my back.

The sound of the spray as it curls around the bow.

The familiar taste of turkey sandwiches and the classic crunch of Sun Chips.

The comforting weight of sunglasses against the bridge of my nose.

The way the speed, rushing wind, heat, and water soak up and clear away those bothersome cobwebs of adulthood.

It’s a feeling of freedom created by the simple things.

That’s what makes me happy.

Here’s Jim Brickman’s “Simple Things,” for your listening pleasure. It’s one of my favorites. 

  • Izzy

    This also makes me think of Frank Capra's “You Can't Take It With You.” We get so wrapped up in things that really aren't as big a deal as we might imagine. Thanks for the perspective, Sweet!