I hear people say, “It’s just one of those days” all the time, referring to the kind of day where nothing seems to go right. Today was quite the opposite for me. Certain days just stand out to me for no apparent reason. It’s a day where everything just seems really great. Today was one of those days for me.
I remember when I lived in North Dakota that I only experienced days like today a few times a year. It was usually in the spring or summer when the weather started turning nicer. Sunshine and warm temperatures make me happy. Since I moved to Florida, I’ve noticed that my mood tends to stay pretty much the same every day, since most days here are warm/hot and sunny. Today, however, for whatever reason, I woke up and could feel it. It was one of those days… a day where I just felt great. I was in a fantastic mood and was excited to share my happiness with anyone and everyone around me. I think people can feel positive energy coming from those around them. While a lot of people around me on a typical day will just pass by without acknowledging me, I noticed today that every single person I passed by smiled and said hello. I responded by doing the same in return to every single person.
I spent years dreaming of living in a warmer climate. I always preferred summer over winter. Waking up to the bright sunshine in February and knowing the weather will be perfect all day long is enough to put pretty much anyone in a good mood. I love music, and have always associated certain songs with certain people, places, situations, etc. There is a live version of the Jimmy Buffett song “Last Mango In Paris” that I’ve always associated with a hot, sunny day in Florida. Even before I ever visited Florida for the first time, that song made me think of Florida. Today, that song has been stuck in my head all day. I made that same connection between that song and this place with this weather. It made me happy. I’m smiling right now just thinking about it.
My mood has a major impact on my whole day, which I suppose is the case with everybody. When you feel good, things just seem to go better overall. When I was in high school, I had issues with seasonal depression. Winter was a bad time for me. When I think of winter, I think of cold and dark and the feeling of being trapped. Summer, to me, is warm, bright, and a feeling of freedom. My life now isn’t perfect, but 99% of the time, my life in Florida feels like all of the great things that go along with summer.
A little over a week ago, I moved into a new apartment. I left the place I had called my home since I first moved to Florida. I have had a lot of problems in my new place, but things are getting worked out now. I am starting to get settled a bit. Moving sucks. It’s just stressful and there is a lot to figure out in a short amount of time. Now that things are starting to get straightened out in my new place, life is starting to feel a little more normal again. I live about 5 minutes from my old place, so not much has changed. That helps. Most of my day today consisted of taking care of things associated with getting settled. It felt good to be productive. I finally, after 9 days, cooked my first meal in my new home. I ended my night with a delicious, much-deserved glass of red wine. There is a lot left that I still need to take care of, but life is getting back to normal now. I loved where I used to live. It was a great place. A lot of who I am right now is because of things that happened while I lived there. I have a ton of memories from that place. But, for so many reasons, I never felt like I got completely settled there. In just over a week in my new apartment, I already feel like I am getting settled. Even with all of the problems I needed to take care of, this place feels like home. As much as I lived life while living in my old place, life is going to change even more while I live in my new home. That is exciting to me. I am looking forward to many more days like today.
How many of you can relate to days like I had today? Days where you wake up and know you’re going to have a great day are a special treat. When you encounter one of those days, take advantage of every second of it. Nothing beats the feeling of having one of those days.