Well, it’s the middle of a grueling work week and a kind soul brought in carrot cake. Yeah, it’s a good day. Maybe it was the cream cheese icing that did me in. Or the orange-speckled center. Or the fact that I was breakfast-less at 10:00 a.m. and needed a pick-me-up. Regardless, as I stood in the middle of our break room and savored the sugary deliciousness, I smiled. Not just a simper of content, no. This was a thorough, full blown “life is grand” type of smile.
I know what you are thinking. It’s only carrot cake, Olivia. That may be true. But does it matter? Do we really need to justify the little things in life that turn our frowns upside down?  I certainly don’t think so. Perhaps for you it’s your morning coffee. Or hitting the snooze button for a few extra, glorious minutes. Or maybe you, like me, relish in the delight of desserts which, consequently, leads you to an hour on the Stairmaster. (If that is the case, I think we will get along pleasingly well) The point is, it matters not how others perceive your interests. It matters how your interests make you feel. So, if you want the cookie for breakfast, eat it. If you want to backpack across Europe, do it. Whatever it is that brings you joy, that diminutive glimmer of light in your day, keep at it. For life is too short to be anything less than happy.