Little Joys Ch.75-76-77: Sex, Corona virus, community effort and fear control

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

March 16th, 2020

One of the more amusing facets of being in Thailand is that sex, although still quite closeted between Thai people themselves, is so openly marketed and sold to foreigners. I found myself enjoying a hilarious moment while I myself was getting a massage. Another foreigner had come in with a masseuse and we could clearly here them bargaining on what sexual favors would be exchanged for what price and whether another masseuse would be brought in as well. My therapist and I found the whole thing quite funny, and instead of a zen finish to my session, I instead found myself randomly giggling with a stranger as we both attempted to remain serious in the face of an obvious sexual exchange happening nearby us. There are small joys everywhere these days.

March 17th, 2020

Fear is everywhere these days, and so I find myself comforted by the fact that I remain quite unaffected. Perhaps people will find this statement callous, but I take it as a sign that my travels have instilled in me a greater understanding of what it means to truly be afraid, and of all the really horrifying things that are out there in the world. A big part of our problem in the western world is that we have become so protected from most harms that we overreact to even the smallest of fears in a magnified way. Perhaps it is strange to say, but I take a small quiet joy in my subconscious being under control enough that it does not give in to fear and merely does what it can to stay safe and move on with life.

March 18th, 2020

For many of us, the only real spur to working together with our communities is when tragedy strikes. Natural disasters, sickness, they bring us together and motivate us to work as a team. I happened to witness entire streets being hosed down by trucks, and then the entire community was out there with soap, broom and mop trying to scrub down entire roads and sidewalks as a preventative measure to the spread of corona virus. I am not sure how much scrubbing down the streets will prevent the spread, as it is mainly humans who are doing the spreading, but the positive effects from just coming together and working to help out has many other health improving side effects. It is always a pleasure to see people do what they can to help themselves and others.

As always, stay healthy and let your geek freak fly.

Little Joys Ch.66-67-68: Hatred, new ideas, and future gaming happiness

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

March 7th, 2020

It may seem a bit strange to say, but I was struck by the fact that no matter how hard I thought over it, I could not come up with a single example of a thing or person who I hated. So many times in our lives we use the word hate to describe our emotions towards things and people, but the reality is that we don’t actually feel hate, at least not as it is defined in the dictionary. What we mean is that we dislike something or someone, but we don’t sit up at night with a deep feeling of rage towards them, we are not overcome by hatred. Many things simply make us feel uncomfortable, or we don’t enjoy the taste or feeling, whereas only a very rare few things and people can evoke true feelings of hatred in us, and even those can die out over the years. It makes me quite happy to know that I don’t have hate in me as of this moment. Hopefully it stays that way.

March 8th, 2020

Being pushed into new ways of thinking is always beneficial. Even if you do not agree with a methodology, being exposed to different perspectives can always help you to expand your views on your own beliefs. Every once in awhile I find a new source of information that just brings a little spark of joy into my life, someone who is excellent at communicating their ideas and thoughts, and is open minded enough to understand that we are all different. Sometimes it will be a new book, other times a podcast, it varies. For those of you looking to expand your horizons, I would definitely recommend checking out people like Robb Wolf over at the healthy rebellion, and Derek Sivers. Very different speakers and topics, but a refreshing addition to a week.

March 9th, 2020

After almost a year of traveling, my journey is finally coming to its end. In two weeks time I will be heading back home to Canada. It will be strange, and sad, but also filled with happy moments of reuniting with friends and family. One of the things I am looking most forward to, which is bringing me alot of joy, is reuniting with my gaming desktop. I have barely been able to game on my laptop as it simply overheats way too quickly, and it will be so great to be able to get my geek freak on again. I have a line up of games I want to play, and a host of other things such as twitch streaming that I would like to venture into. The future is bright with nerd-0-thons.

 

As always stay healthy, and let your geek freaky fly.

Little Joys Ch.60

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 29th, 2020

I woke up today to the news that someone I had met and had a wonderful conversation with was heading back to India, and I wouldn’t have the chance to say goodbye before she left. It was a sad moment, but would soon turn into something delightful.

I was given instructions to make my way over to a random acai ice cream shop, and to forage in the third potted plant when facing the shop. Within that potted plant I found a small, hand-stitched heart, something you would make for a child.

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It was sweet, and fun, and just so dorky and it is the best gift anyone has ever given me. To have a little hunt in the morning and just discover this little kindness left behind by someone I barely knew just infused me with more hope for humans as a whole. We can be so kind and giving in many ways, it helps push back the darkness a little.

Remember to always be open to new experiences, new friendships, and as always stay healthy, and let your geek freak fly!

 

Little Joys Ch.59

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 28th, 2020

After having spent most of the day sneezing and blowing my nose, it became a little bit  difficult to focus on anything. Your ability to take joy in your environment is quite diluted when your body has decided that the environment is trying to kill you.

That being said, I managed to rouse myself enough to take a walk up the Campuhan ridge here in Ubud, a lovely little trail that immerses you in nature. It was there that I noticed a large flowering tree, and all upon it were very large beetles!

These beasties were huge, most probably on steroids. It was lovely to see them pollinating away, as for most of my life I believed that only bees pollinated flowers, until quite recently I began some online work and wrote some articles on different sorts of flowers.

To read about something, write about it, and then find that very thing out in the world is a magical experience. A full circle, knowledge, understanding, then experience.

It was a delightful little side stop to my usual walks up the ridge.

Always have to keep your eyes open in case the world wants to show you something.

As always, stay healthy and let your geek freak fly!

Little Joys Ch.58

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 27th, 2020

Humans  throw themselves into projects with gusto only to lose interest a month or two later, fall in and out of love, and generally contradict themselves all the time.

We are confusing creatures.

And that is what makes meeting people and getting to know them so delightful. We are a mishmash of monkey thoughts and control, all vying together to become something a little bit better, or a little bit worse, than the day before.

No matter how much I travel, it will never stop being a surprise to me how much variety exists within our species.

Another little joy of this big life.

Little Joys Ch.55

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 24th, 2020

There is something uniquely special about seeing something, finding yourself drawn to it, enjoying the way it looks or sounds, whether inanimate or animal, only to glance to the side and notice someone else gazing at that same thing, a smile tugging at their lips, showcasing their pleasure for all the world to see.

Whether they are stranger or friend, that spark you feel, that connection across the distance, uniting both of you for just a moment in common appreciation of the worlds wonders.

It is delightful. Joyous. A union of two minds, slashing boundaries, uniting us in our sameness, our shared humanity.

It is these small moments, little joys, that hold back the darkness.

Stay healthy, and let your geek freak fly!

 

Little Joys ch.54

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 23rd, 2020

Joy is found in simplicity, in the small moments, in the appreciation of many of the things in life we all tend to take for granted.

These things pass by the wayside of our conscious perception, we become adapted to them, forget them, and show disrespect for their ability to uplift us.

Sometimes it’s passing by a beautiful tree right near our home, ignoring the sound of running water, being annoyed by the chirping of birds in the morning, never taking time to be with the friend you have had for twenty years. Sometimes it’s as simple as forgetting to appreciate medicine, and how, even though it can be dangerous and is not a panacea, can sometimes save our lives, or at least save us from massive discomfort.

As someone who gets incredibly sea sick, I decided to take some medicine on the ferry ride back to Bali yesterday. I felt like I was dying on the first boat ride, and it took me two days to recover from the nausea. Yet just taking two little pills not only completely eliminated the sea sickness on the way back, but allowed me to appreciate the beautiful scenery around me, the light reflecting off water, the mountains in the distance, and even just simple conversation with a fellow passenger beside me.

We are blessed to be born in a modern world which allows us the chance to deal with some of the more unfortunate reactions our bodies have to certain things.

I for one am very happy to have found those pills.

Remember folks, stay healthy and let your geek freak fly!