How are you? Is this even a question? Most times, we answer it without thought – “I am okay.” or “Good, and you?” and move on. It seems that not a lot of thought goes into how we are or how we feel.
In reality, it is the opposite. Maybe we are just uncomfortable to unpack or we hardly believe the other person will really listen. Is this just human nature? Hard to say.
But this is why we appreciate the tag we received from Writings by JM. It is an invitation to reflect on our favorite feelings and talk about them openly. Thank you, JM, for the tag!
May this inspire more vulnerability and honesty in our blogging community. The little things lead to big things, after all. And below we share our favorite feelings. Let us know what you think about them!
5 Favorite Feelings of Markus
I used to distance myself from my feelings a lot and things are only changing slowly. But steadily! And tags like this certainly help, so thank you again for that.
1. Alone in a long-distance bus
Free and anonymous. In a bus full of strangers, everyone doing their own thing. Rolling landscapes, late-night stops and keen awareness of time that seems to be moving fast and slow at the same time. A raw and real feeling unique to long-distance busses.
Spring in miniature. Gentle, full of potential for growth and expectant like a cat about to pounce.
3. Cascading thoughts
When thoughts flow like a waterfall. Creative chaos, untethered and wild, but with direction and purpose.
4. Gaining perspective
Sometimes, a feeling of almost changing dimensions. When assumptions collapse and get replaced by delightful understanding.
5. Micah’s joy
Pure, fragile, and simply the universe at its best.
5 favorite feelings of Micah
When I saw this tag, I thought it will be hard for me to identify feelings that I really enjoy. But the moment I started writing it, everything flowed naturally. It was a lot of fun for me to explore this because I normally will not think of it. Below I would like to share some feelings that make my day wonderful:
6. The first bite of anything good
I know food is good, and I get so much joy out of it when it is really good. That first bite, when your eyes widen and you smile like a fool, is always a glorious experience. I will not tire of it. Ever.
7. The privilege of being close to life
Normally, I will be embarrassed to say this, but nature makes me cry sometimes. A few days after we moved to the tiny house, there was this small blue bird that decided to join us for breakfast in the garden.
It just landed there next to us on our wooden fence and stayed there for a good five minutes, walking, pecking, and just hanging out. It seemed so carefree and I was crying the entire time.
Similarly, a black and blue butterfly landed on me last week as I was tending to the plants. Observing it there, trusting, peaceful, I felt the tears coming fast, but I tried to keep it together because my hands were covered in soil and I had nothing to wipe the tears with!
8. Being surprised by plants
I will never throw a sad plant away because I can never trust that they are really dead. So many times, my seemingly dead propagations came back to life and torn, hopeless-looking pieces decided to root. If I had half the resiliency of plants, I would be invincible.
Seeing new leaves also inspire a surge of excitement in me, the same when I see an explosion of growth. I touch life when I care for my plants; make new life when I propagate or germinate seeds. It is so beautiful to see plants live and thrive, no less than a miracle. Does this make me a crazy plant lady?
9. Understanding something, finally
What is the cause of this? Where is this coming from? I ask these questions when I feel off or I am more reactive than usual. There is always something deeper than the surface manifestation of a negative emotion.
It takes a lot of digging – sometimes it takes years – but it is so satisfying when something finally clicks. Reaching that aha moment that gives me more sanity is priceless.
10. Cuddling to fall asleep
I can live another life and never understand how I manage to fit perfectly next to Markus when we cuddle before falling asleep. But who cares about that? What matters is this feeling of contentment that comes after experiencing another day fully. So satisfying.
My mind is quiet, I cannot ask for more, and I always sleep well when we cuddle together. In a way, this is the ultimate expression of my personal values of freedom and peace.
And that is it! These are our favorite feelings, or at least some that comes top of mind right now. How about you? What is your favorite feeling and how does that make your life richer?