This happiness business is hard work.
Part of it is knowing that no matter how much Wellbrutrin I ingest, the situation at work is not going to change. What can change is my reaction to it. I'm working on that; I am making slow, slow progress.
I catch myself slipping into the sad state, staring off into myself, stagnant.
But there are other times, too; times when I feel... lighter. Less stuck.
So there's that.
I went to Seattle last week. Flew out on Tuesday, did a presentation to the STC Puget Sound chapter, had a drink with my pal Kathy, slept, got up, and flew home. I didn't even get jet lagged.
The presentation went very well -- folks laughed in the right places, asked good questions, and thanked me profusely. I was absolutely delighted to see another friend at the meeting; we had a good yak while eating lasagna and salad.
But man, airline travel is so irritating these days! The trip out went just fine -- short lines at both check-in and security, space in the overhead compartment for my bag, non-offensive seat mates -- on both flights no less! I had to walk ten miles to get from gate to gate in Minneapolis, but that's a given.
The trip home was slightly more nerve wracking. There was no line at check-in, yay! But I saw that my seat assignment for the Minneapolis-to-Baltimore leg was a middle seat way in the back of the plane, ugh. And also, UGH. So I tapped the "Change Seat" button and saw that I could switch to a "preferred" seat -- window, much closer to the front -- for an extra charge. With fear and trepidation, I tapped the screen to exactly how much extra that charge would, and it was -- ta-da! -- $19.
The security line was enormous; so enormous that I expected to see those signs telling you how long your wait was going to be. It was slow, too, and I got a little nervous about making my flight. But the flight was delayed, so whew.
And the best part of the trip? Seeing Joe at the end of the walkway at BWI, smiling his wonderful smile.
Now that made me happy.
And I got a present for speaking -- an Amazon gift card! So I immediately used it