Let’s take a moment to revisit the point of this blog: choose. your. happy.
My happy choice of the week going on a road trip in my own backyard. West Virginia is this amazing amalgam of different terrains and communities, why hadn’t I done this before?? My happy was worth all the driving. My happy was fed by family, friends, strangers, mountains, sunsets, and beautiful fall foliage.
The Apple Butter Festival was the first stop on this extended weekend. Born in Pike county, Kentucky, and raised in Mingo county, West Virginia, I’ve essentially lived in the Mountain State my whole life. My eastern panhandle experience was confined to I-68. Thrilling, I know.
Happy Choice #1: Take the time to turn off the interstate.
You’ll never know what is out there if you don’t explore a bit. My happy choice #1: turn off the interstate (well, going to Berkeley Springs for the festival and to visit friends was pretty much the point of the road trip anyway, full disclosure).
The festival was a great experience. Sure, there were some hillbillies, but isn’t that the kind of crowd festivals draw anyway?
Soda Pop, Fudge, and Apple Butter. It was a great way to experience happiness all around me. TaraFlyArt was my most interesting find of the festival (love Mr. Darcy Cat, btw!). And I even got to take in a pizza dough lesson courtesy of a local musician.
Sunday morning saw myself and my travel companion to Seneca Rocks… where it rained.
Happy Choice #2: Rain only stops the fun when you let it.
Think about it– how many people actually hike Seneca Rocks when it is raining? By choosing to not let the rain stop the fun, we got some incredible views (reference: above and below). The scene was breathtaking, with fog in the valleys, low clouds in the distance. It was a blessed moment, for sure.
Happy Choice #3: It’s okay to pout, just don’t pout for too long.
Admittedly, I pouted a little on the last day of the road trip through West Virginia. I was tired, we had driven a lot, I was just ready to go home… and I was disappointed that the highest point in West Virginia (Spruce Knob) was covered in clouds.
Shout out to the hungry, broke college student backpacking on his fall break, Jeremy. Give a stranger food, it’ll make you feel better!
After lunch, it was still cloudy… correction, we were still in the clouds.
Hiking in the valley was the last hope for the Spruce Knob area. And I pouted. But, I put in to effect happy choice #3 and didn’t pout for too long. Look around you! See the beauty of the world! And smile! It’s amazing what a smile can do for your mood.
Happy Choice #4: Give in to the excitement you had as a child.
How many of you amazing readers hold back in your excitement? Remember those times when you were a kid and you were SO excited you almost peed your pants? Have you been to Disney World and looked around at the angelic faces of sheer joy & wonder?
Give in the the excitement! Don’t hold yourself back!
Confession: I am a nerd. I love math and science. Physics was my favorite subject. And I love looking at the sky. Green Bank Telescope at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory has been on my “list” since I was in undergrad, about 4 years after the monstrosity was constructed. No kidding, it was huge. I LOVED seeing it. Let me restate: I LET MY EXCITEMENT FLY! But I didn’t pee my pants.
That’s it. That’s all I have this week. I’ve given you 4 ways that you can choose happy and also shown you how you can experience happiness through those decisions. Don’t let me down!
Comment below with your thoughts on choosing your happy in your own backyard!