#joyfuljan – Day Nineteen

For today’s #joyfuljan, I find joy in my boring, uneventful life.

Yep, it’s true. From the time I get up until I go to bed, I pretty much know what is going to happen. There are relatively few surprises and for those who know me well, they know I hate surprises. It’s not that my day is all planned out or that I follow a set routine, because that is not the case. I do shake things up now and again, but on my terms and no one else’s terms.

So why would a boring life bring me joy? I once had quite an adventurous life. Always on the go. Always getting into trouble. Always searching for something and never quite knowing what IT was. This lifestyle of mine caused me a great deal of stress and anxiety. I would have manic episodes and then crash and burn into depression. I was a mess and suicidal. I took so many prescription drugs just to barely survive.

Now I live a calm, drug-free, quiet life. And this brings me more joy than any crazy adventure out there. Besides, if I want adventures, I will watch them on tv or write about them. And when they are over, I can just tuck them away and go back to my peaceful and boring existence.

What are you joyful about today? Let me know in the comments.

Throughout the month of January, I will be celebrating Joyful January with Satya and Kaspa over at Writing Our Way Home