The human heart was—and remains—a mystery to me. But I’m learning. I have to. —Anthony Bourdain

Things that made me happy lately, March 20, 2023

Status report: Almost daily hives in the face. Daily bp monitoring 3x, 3 a day. Acidic as heck.

But those are all things I’m managing. Here comes the happy. Because life is too short to not enjoy things.

1. Getting spontaneous piercings. The first time we tried to do this was 2020, then 2021, missed it in 2022, and did two after trekking to Rizal for a wake. We never really set out to do it for the day, but that’s when it happens. I now have 5 piercings in one ear, and will make the other one match next year.

2. My group chat. It started because of a tragedy. We lost a friend we had in common and we were all grieving from afar. It is now my most consistent group chat. Which sounds a little sad for a person that thrives in consistency, but hey, this chat has saved my life more than once and I love every single person in it. Do I wish we had the friend instead of the chat? Every day. But I truly believe at some point we would’ve started one. With or without losing J.

3. Getting amazing food with fantastic friends that are a couple. I love third wheeling with them. I’ve known K since high school, and I’ve never seen her this happy. I consistently have phenomenal days when I’m around them. Every single time.

Songs that defined this time:

Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce

Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez

The Loneliest by Maneskin

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