Monday, September 01, 2014
For many years, I did not participate or attend local events. Mostly, while I was a kid, it was because we did not have the money for admission. Also, my dad often scoffed at the events that were available in our area, calling them low brow or redneck entertainment. He came from Europe, and had a rather higher idea of what was acceptable as entertainment.
Later on... since I never went in my youth, I never developed the desire to attend such events as a young adult. It wasn't until later in my adult life... after moving and spending almost 10 years away from Dryden, that I developed the desire to spread my wings and attend local events. I credit my neighbor for that. She helped me get out of my insecure shell, and try new things.
These days, it is almost difficult to keep me indoors. The only thing that seems to do that these days, is seriously ill health, and extremely bad or cold weather... and even then, I will often sneak outside for short times. LOL
Recently, I attended a local event in Dryden. Last week our town hosted its annual fall fair. Here are some pictures from the event. I had an incredibly good time at it, and am glad that I attended it.
My Mom and friend Natalie, goofing off in the main building at the fall fair.
Some of the birds that were on display at the fall fair.
Some of the cows and horsies that were shown.
Animals at the petting zoo.
Friendly animals on display.
Yummy food at the fall fair.
Some of the competition entries, in the main building at the fall fair.
Some of the booths at the fall fair, with information or stuff for sale.
Out and about, on the fair grounds.
Entertainment at the fall fair.
Family and friends at the fall fair.
All in all, I had a lot of fun, and had an enjoyable and busy day at the fall fair. Hopefully, I will be able to enjoy many more to come.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
How come certain people expect other people to make them happy, when they can not even find happiness in themselves? It is unfair for anyone to expect another person to make them happy. Such behavior only leads to disappointment, and instead results in not just them being unhappy, but the other person being unhappy as well.
I have found that the key to happiness, is to allow yourself to be happy, no matter what your situation is. Single, or as a couple... Employed or retired... Surrounded by people, or alone... Your happiness can be found in either state... if you allow it.
I also found that you should not limit yourself to what can make you happy. Often we think that certain things, people, or occurrences are needed to make us happy. The problem with that way of thinking, is that it then limits our ability for happiness.
I have since found that the things, people, and occurrences that I thought I needed to have happen to be happy, did not give me true happiness. I also discovered happiness from many sources, that I never expected to find happiness from. The most shocking discovery of all?... It was the unexpected things and occurrences that made me the happiest.
So... the lesson in all this rambling... You yourself, are ultimately responsible for your own happiness.
If you place your happiness solely onto the shoulders of another person, then you limit your happiness to that persons ability to make you happy, and place a very heavy burden on that person, leaving them ultimately feeling unhappy as well. And If you limit what brings you happiness, your happiness will be limited as well.
So... look for happiness in all the situations and things and people that are around you, and you likely will be surprised in just how happy you can actually be.
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