Sometimes I miss doing things that I once considered fun. How can I get that back? It’s okay if I’m discovering new fun things to replace the old ones, but occasionally the list of used-to-be-fun things is longer.
Example: I used to love to go to movies. It didn’t matter what time of day it was or really even what movie it was. I was game for anything. Now, I have to be 100% certain that I’m going to like the movie. It has to be early in the day. It has to be showing at one of the two theaters I like in town; they’re the cleanest and have the best popcorn. We have to arrive at least 30 minutes before the movie to make sure we don’t have to sit in front and to see the previews. So many rules!
Another one: I used to love to run. Now this one goes WAY back – back to around 3rd or 4th grade. I think most kids between the ages of 2 and 10 like to run. And jump. Especially when you get a new pair of tennis shoes that make you run faster. Or light up. Then that all changed. Running is now miserable. Why run when you can walk? Or better yet, drive. And you get all sweaty and tired. Why put yourself through that?
Fortunately, there are a few things that were once not fun to me that have become fun. One of the weird ones is ironing. I now enjoy ironing. Who knew? It’s very relaxing to me, and I get instant gratification from it. Wow! That garment was wrinkled and NOW look! Side-note: I highly recommend using Magic Sizing (“Light Body Without Stiffness”).
I try to focus my attention on the newly-fun and still-fun things, but I would love to be able to pull some of the used-to-be-fun things back to the still-fun side. Maybe some of them will loop back around. Do you have any used-to-be-fun things that you miss or newly-fun things that were unexpected?
I’ve always been sensitive to smells. A lot of it probably has to do with the fact that I’m allergic to most perfumes, but that doesn’t stop me from wearing it.
I think one of the reasons why I buy a lot of perfume is because I really appreciate scent memories. In addition to having all my perfumes’ scents memorized, I can usually identify other smells that I associate with a memory. It’s so amazing how I’ll get a whiff of something and I’m immediately transported to a specific time/place/feeling.
Sometimes I’ll smell something familiar and I don’t know what that smell reminds me of. That drives me NUTS. I’ll think “what was that?” for hours. And if I can’t figure it out, there’s no backup plan. There’s no IMDB for scents… if you can’t figure it out yourself, you’re out of luck.
I started thinking about some of my favorite scent memory triggers today and put together a mini list.
- Scent: a type of chap stick that came in an orange tube, Memory: Cracker Barrel. It smells like the Country Store
- Scent: A whiff of something while walking through the mall (not sure where it came from), Memory: the ocean scene at dusk from Soarin’ at Epcot
- Scent: lime coolada lotion, Memory: our honeymoon in Hawaii
- Scent: ice skating rink, Memory: middle school birthday parties
- Scent: burning smell outside (maybe it’s leaves?), Memory: burning of the Library of Alexandria in Spaceship Earth
- Scent: French Connection perfume, Memory: my family trip to Banff, Canada
- Scent: musty water, Memory: every water ride at any park
So what can I do with this heightened sense of smell? Basically nothing. But I can make it a game for myself, and since the memories are mine, I’ll always win the game. Am I the only person who has a lot of distinct scent memories? Are any of them really specific? Even a little odd? The weird ones are the best ones!