It’s the little things in life that can really make someone’s day. They have the power to change how your day is going. They have the power to change someone’s outlook on life. They have the power to change someone. Here are some little things that have happened to me that I appreciate.
I sometimes help out Drake’s volleyball team at practices and during games. I will never forget the first time I ever showed up at a practice to help out.
It was after basketball practice, and I saw that there were volleyballs all over the Knapp Center floor. I just started walking around the arena, picking up balls and taking them back to the ball carts by the court they were practicing on.
Because they were not used to having someone shag the balls for them, they were very confused as to why this random girl was doing it for them. The coach asked if anyone knew me. One of the girls started jumping up and down and waving her arms saying that I lived on her floor. It boosted my self confidence to know that she was excited that she knew me.
Not Sitting Alone
I’m a loner. Sometimes I enjoy eating with friends, but other times I’m very much OK with eating alone. Sometimes, I want to eat with people but nobody around wants to.
I was in the dining hall one night, sitting alone, just playing on my phone. One of the girls on the volleyball team walked in and saw me sitting alone. She comes up to me and asks to sit with me, even though she will be watching a show on Netflix. It felt good to know that she just wanted to spend some time with me.
In one of my classes, we have frequent small group discussions with the people around us. I usually sit awkwardly in the middle of two groups, and I don’t like small group discussions, anyway.
On the first day of class, the professor was handing out the papers that each group was supposed to fill out. When he handed one to me, he told me to work with one of the groups next to me. Because social anxiety sucks, I did not talk with either group around me, but wrote an explanation on he paper as to why I worked alone.
Ever since that first class, the professor has given me my own work sheet to work on alone rather than in groups. Though I don’t have a participation points accommodation, he understands that I don’t like to work in groups and lets me work alone.
I am not a fan of snow. At all. It’s cold and wet and horrible. Yet, here I am in a state that will sometimes have snow in April.
The Saturday through Wednesday of Spring Break this year, I went to Michigan on a mission trip. Though we were heading north, they didn’t have any snow up in Lansing. While that was nice, upon my return to Des Moines, I was pleased to see that there was no snow.
To go even further, the Monday after Spring Break was beautiful outside. I walked across Helmick commons just so I could walk through the grass in the beautiful, warm weather.
What about you?
These are just a few things that have made me happy. If it’s the little things in life that make people the happiest, what makes you happy? Is it the warm weather that finally appears after a long winter? Is it cuddles from your dog? Maybe someone just held a door open for you. Appreciate the little things in life, because they bring more happiness than big things.