Pleasure is a gift that cannot be easily forced. You think you’re all set for some kick-ass pleasure but there is no guarantee, and the more complicated the anticipated pleasure is the more likely something will hinder its advent. “I spent all that money and I’m not having fun!” Typically there are no refunds.
The simple pleasures which come unexpectedly and which cost little or no money are the ones I am fond of. They arrive out of the blue and can make a portion of your life a joy. I’ve compiled a list:
- Unexpectedly meeting and conversing with someone you’ve never met when affinities and analogous experiences reveal themselves.Commonly known as “clicking” with someone.
- Taking a walk when the temperature is pleasant and the humidity is low immediately after a brutal heat wave (I’m waiting for this one!).
- Savoring a food or prepared dish which you thought you wouldn’t like.
- Getting the dishes done and cleaning the sink area and counters, rendering them spotlessly clean and ready for the next meal’s preparation.
- Making a seemingly hopeless room or corner of a room navigable.
- Taking a dump which requires minimal wiping. Also that ineffable all’s-right-with-the-world post-defecation feeling.
- Reading a book about which you were dubious and finding it to be a work of genius, or at least very entertaining. Ditto with movies.
- Ditto with a piece of music, whether listening to it or playing it.
- A favorable diagnosis or report from a doctor.
- Finally catching a bothersome and wily mouse in a mousetrap.
- Getting a close view of a particularly beautiful butterfly, or even having one land on your outstretched hand.
- Making the acquaintance of a plant or mushroom which you had doubtless walked by many times before and identifying it to species or at least connecting it with its common name.
- Expelling snot (when nobody is looking) using the “air-hankie” technique, or more genteely into a handkerchief; a subsequent pleasure is breathing more freely afterwards.
- Taking a shower on a hot day. I like to dry only my face and walk around naked and let evaporative cooling do its thing. Ben Franklin used to do this, and if it’s good enough for Ben, it’s good enough for me.
These are off the top of my head; anyone have any additions?