My Happy Days Are Coming To An End
Well, not really. Rather, my daily photography of a happy moment is coming to an end.
When i started this exercise I intended to do 100 days straight.
And somehow, I am now on day 317! And I haven’t missed a single day!
I have decided that day 365 will be my last. I think a one year commitment is plenty.
This means I only have 48 days left.
Realizing how close I am to finishing an entire year of chronicling happy moments, means that I’ve also started to realize just how big of an accomplishment this is. First, it means I I have taken at least one photo every single day for the last year with my Pentax K5. This meant I was often lugging around my big camera, which was a pain in the butt on many days. It also meant that Mr. MPB was basically forced to indulge my random happy moments, sometimes pulling the car over to capture something I saw from the side of the road or sometimes running around the house at 11pm trying to find a picture before the clock struck midnight. And, many friends have given me funny, yet supportive, looks as I am seemingly taking random pictures of small details, because all my photos have been non-identifying. Early on I just accepted that people might look at me funny and I have found myself explaining this happiness project to others frequently to curious people.
Ultimately, no matter how good or how bad the day was, I made a point to see happiness every single day.
Sometimes the happiness was significant adventure, like this moment from the top of the Empire State Building in NYC:
Sometimes the moment was a small and simple, like noticing this simple flower sprouting up between the rocks:
And other times my happy moment was courteous of Mr. MPB essentially forcing me to see something happy on a bad day, like this day when he brought me my favourite DQ blizzard because I was having a bad day.
As I see this project coming to an end I’ve started developing a list of things I want to photograph as happy moments in the next 48 days. Which essentially means I’ve started a list of things that make me happy that I want to include. I guess in a way, it’s like a 365 happy days bucket list.
So far, my list potentially achievable things includes:
- Bike the Legacy Trail from Canmore to Banff and back on our road bikes. It’s 40 km (25mi) round trip and actually not the most strenuous ride (we’ve done it before), but I love the scenery and I really want to take a day and enjoy the mountains on my bike.
- Play with our nephews. These kids just make me so happy, and I want to capture some happy moments with them. The catch is that they do not live in the same city as us, so we have to take a road trip to visit them.
- A hike in the mountains.
- A golf game with friends.
- Celebrate being official waiting adoptive parents! Within the next 48 days our profile should start being shown to potential birth mom’s which means we will be so close to being parents.
And now that this project is coming to an end, I also find myself wondering how exactly does one finish 365 days of happy photos? How do I celebrate my final day? I feel as though the project should end with an epic happy moment. But, I have no idea what that is. So, I am giving up responsibility for the day to Mr. MPB! He gets to surprise me with a happy moment. His assignment is relatively simple – it has to be something that will undoubtedly put a smile on my face and something special that we will always remember together. Simple, but full of pressure! If you have any ideas feel free to make suggestions in the comments as I have no doubt he will be looking for a great idea.
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