Today I love watching the days slowly get longer. I love how easy it is to remind myself that the weather will always be changing and to know that it will always be changing for the better, even if “the better” isn’t immediate. I love how easy it is to love winter when I understand all the good it does. I love that I already loved winter in subtle ways before I understood those things. I love that winter has an eerie, haunting beauty that is hard to miss unless you’re emotionally fixated on hating it. I love that my friend Caitlin is currently fixated on the word eerie and I’m pretty sure she would enjoy the beauty of our winters if she ever got the chance to experience them. I love how many opportunities there are in my life to experience beauty. I love that my friend Melanie says of January, “may you enjoy your own feet and the paths they make” and I think her advice is the best wish that anyone could receive right now. I love thoughts shared that make us look at things in a different light and offer alternative perspectives that give us more opportunities to appreciate and love. I love the people who know how to love Januaries.
Today I love the winding roads that have become so familiar these last few months. I love that we are heading out for a day trip as part of our recovery, a nice easy drive to see what there is in this world to make our hearts brighten and our days more cheerful. I love long road trips with good company, sometimes quiet and introspective and sometimes full of happy, spoken thoughts and newly minted plans and always music or stories on the sound system. I love how easily the road slips by while we are together, like the love and friendship we share is a sail and the bond we have lifts us up off the road to float above it and just watch it disappear in the rear view mirror. I love how even when we are road weary, by the time we are done the road seems like it was the perfect place for us to share a day of hopes and dreams yet again.
Today I love the soreness of my muscles from lightly exercising the last two days while we were under the weather. I love how I can be under the weather when the weather is fine but no one is ever really over the weather no matter what the weather is. I love the funny quirks of this language I speak, I love that every now and then I catch myself trying to figure out how I would explain some of our figures of speech to people learning English as a second language.
Today I love drinking coffee while I contemplate the grey and fluffy sky of a day that is longer than yesterday, but not as long as tomorrow will be, and think about how wonderful that is.