Everything that Made me Happy in August & September

  • Stations for people to borrow wheelchairs for free
  • Romantic comedies
  • Airplane movies
  • Brandon Sanderson novels
  • The World Needs More Love Letters
  • Views from airplane windows
  • The atmosphere above the clouds
  • Sunrises in distant countries
  • The hills of Lisbon 
  • Portuguese architecture
  • Colourful houses
  • Penguin book-themed wallpaper
  • Existing in hotels without being in any rush
  • A window lookout at the city of London
  • Paul (cafe)
  • Waitrose (grocery store)
  • Soft serve ice cream trucks
  • Comedic takes on Shakespeare plays
  • The Globe Theatre
  • Hello by Lionel Ritchie
  • Welsh kids asking about America
  • Welsh castles
  • Meeting strangers spontaneously 
  • Giant chess
  • Alone time
  • Wild sheep
  • English villages
  • Church bells
  • Blue wildflowers
  • Small, joyful weddings
  • “Are you the Americans?”
  • Interesting conversations about viewpoints in society
  • Egyptian music
  • Smiling newlyweds
  • Electric violins
  • People telling me their favourite American cities after learning I live there
  • Stopping for coffee
  • Tiny shops in the countryside
  • Old, beautiful streets in Britain
  • Quilted glasses cases
  • Tea kettles with rabbits printed on them
  • Buying gifts for people 
  • Little houses in London
  • Vans of people camping near stonehenge
  • Writing a short story in my notebook
  • UberEats
  • Boba tea
  • Drinking tea in an English garden
  • Costa 
  • A few days of rest
  • My Spanish wheelchair escort at the airport
  • The city of Madrid
  • Old buildings in Spain
  • Watching the sunset from the balcony in Madrid
  • McDonald’s after a flight
  • “McBeer”
  • Watching movies with my mom
  • Go Ahead (Chinese drama)
  • Morning mist flowing atop a river
  • Clouds covering rolling hills like a top hat
  • Long acres of cornfields
  • Uno (card game)
  • Straw hats
  • Listening to podcasts on long drives
  • Hidden train tracks in the woods
  • Shamokin Dam, Pennsylvania
  • Riding through pioneer country trails
  • Sitting under a pavilion on a sprinkling evening
  • Stopping at Dunkin Donuts at 6:30am
  • Throwback songs from 2011
  • Large waterfalls
  • Summer camp
  • The feeling of being back in a place I’ve missed
  • Walking the tiny steps of healing with grief 
  • Quiet hours during bright, sunny summer days 
  • Older women
  • Camp songs
  • Inside jokes from years ago
  • Camp “counselor names”
  • Comical mix-ups
  • Connecting with people from the past
  • Signing a quilt 
  • Being surrounded by nature
  • Hearing others share their most heartfelt memories
  • Seeing kids I used to counsel at summer camp 
  • The scent of the woods
  • The sunset over a lake 
  • Morning devotions
  • Pun Wars
  • Letters detailing joyful memories from others
  • People putting their hands on me to pray
  • Feeling spiritually refreshed 
  • Dippin dots
  • Complimenting other’s canes
  • Chronic illness advocates
  • Involvement fairs
  • Connecting with others who understand my illness
  • Christian college clubs
  • Sign-up forms 
  • The relief of switching to an online class
  • A woman thinking my cane was a hockey stick
  • Library book sales
  • The feeling of joy when buying books
  • When Stars are Scattered (graphic novel)
  • Making a new friend 
  • Knit sweaters
  • Pumpkin bread
  • “This conversation was the highlight of my day” 
  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffeee
  • Getting close to a new community 
  • A long video call conversation
  • Mo-peds 
  • Sticker halls 
  • Dante
  • People complimenting my shoes 
  • People complimenting my mo-ped
  • People complimenting my stickers
  • Becoming more mobile and going to the creek 
  • Feeling the air splash against my face 
  • The peak of a sunset at the edge of the woods

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