There are plenty of extracurriculars I partake in probably considered by some a guilty pleasure.
I never liked the connotation of a guilty pleasure, somehow it is dirty, negative, and shun-worthy.
It exists for others to judge us for liking certain things. Let be clear that I am not immune from judging a book by its cover. We have all been guilty (hah!) at one time or another for judging someone else’s guilty pleasure(s).
I described liking Taylor Swift’s music, watching reality TV shows, or TV in general all as guilty pleasures in the past. However, I am #sorry not sorry for liking said things. Trying to fit in perhaps obligated me to cover up things I liked, referring to them as guilty pleasures. But again, why should anyone feel guilty for something that amasses joy, delight, or happiness, even if those feelings only lasts for moments?
As I accrue wisdom beyond my twenty six years, this notion of guilty pleasures dissipates, leaving guilt-free pleasures.
So let’s talk solely about indulgences, and remove guilt-free from the equation. Although far from exhaustive, below is a list of things I find amusing, satisfying and/or gratifying:
- Ice cream, particularly cookie dough and mint. In China, I took what I could get and became a staple at the Dairy Queen locations throughout Xi’an. It did not matter if I was near the Drum and Bell Tower 鼓楼钟楼, Big Wild Goose Pagoda 大雁塔, Xiaozhai 小寨, or Gaoxin 高新, I would stop in and treat myself to a Tiramisu 提拉米苏, Cheesecake 芝士蛋糕 or Strawberry Banana 草莓香蕉 Blizzard. When we left Xi’an, there were three DQ stores within a five minute walk from 大雁塔.
- Watching Amélie for the umpteenth time
- Music, and using Spotify to discover new tracks
- Speaking Chinese with ZJ, especially when I manage to produce clever and sarcastic remarks
- Cracking open new reading material
- Writing to-do lists (can’t say the same in terms of getting them done)
- Getting outdoors. This is quite a feat as I never was the outdoorsy type, nor aware of how many parks and trails exist so close to my parents’ place.
- That first half hour after a workout, resulting in a good kind of fatigue
- Catching up with friends on Skype
- Productive days off
- A wordless, yet gesture or body language intensive dialogue with my husband where we know exactly what we are thinking!
I will be writing about three personality traits on day six, so check back then.
And I turn it over to you: What do you find joyful, entertaining, and/or fun?