What Makes You Happy?: Coffee & Mountains

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Photo Courtesy from coffeinthemountains.tumbler.com 

I suppose that is a very simple question and maybe a silly title but someone asked me that recently and I had to think. What truly makes you happy? Blissful almost. To the point where you forget about everything else. And then, the most important follow-up question, are you actually doing it? 

A couple simple things come to mind for me are...right before dawn, hot coffee on a brisk morning, New England seasons, a great thriller book (preferably a Jack Reacher one), a great workout, sushi and wine, being outside and exploring, laughing so hard that I can't breathe and simply being in good company.

I pretty much do all those things daily but I still feel like something is missing. A piece I can't shut out. I want more. A complacent lifestyle was not one I was ever able to settle into. Always looking for the next challenge or adventure was my mindset. And it appears the next hurdle on my chopping board is to see the world. Experience different cultures, be thrown out of my comfort zone and explore boundaries that were never crossed. I have come down with the travel bug (as they say).

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Photo Courtesy from coffeinthemountains.tumbler.com 

I want to backpack through places that I only lived in through pictures for so many years. I have ignored it so long that it has gotten to the point that it is no longer an "if" fleeting thought but grown into a "when" consuming constant daydream.

I want to explore. Jump out of our safety net and experience. Maybe this summer will lead to something more exhilarating then I ever can imagine. (If you too have the same urge to travel, check out coffeeinthemountain.tumbler.com. She has an amazing page and is truly inspiring.)

So...what makes you happy? Are you embracing it to its fullest? If not, what's standing in your way?