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Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 1:13 pm

Surprises

I’ve never really been the kind of person to enjoy going outside my routine. I like to know what’s coming and what to expect. I’m decently flexible, but way more comfortable when I’m prepared. Still, every now and again, surprises can be nice. And, if they come when you really need them, they might become the best part of your day.

Since my sister’s away at college, I get to use our family’s third car to drive to school and other activities. I can listen to the music on my phone by plugging it into the car with a special cord. For a while, I really enjoyed this, because it meant I could listen to my favorite songs while driving. I didn’t have to wait for good songs to come on the radio.

After a while, I found myself just turning on the radio and leaving my phone put away. It got a little old, I suppose, listening to the same songs all the time. They might have been my favorites, but I almost always knew what was coming. I liked that when I turned on the radio, I had no idea what I was going to hear. It could be a song I’d been hearing all the time, or it could be something I haven’t heard in years. The unpredictability was refreshing.

Every once in awhile, one of my favorite songs would be played by a radio station. When this happened, I found I enjoyed the song more than I did when I simply played it on my phone. Something about the fact that I didn’t know it was coming, that it was a surprise, made it more exciting.

There are times when I like to anticipate good things. I like looking forward to good movies or days off. It’s always seemed to me that when you look forward to good things, you make the enjoyment you have of them last. Not only do you get to enjoy the activity itself, but you get the added benefit of more time looking forward to it.

I have to admit that it’s nice when good things come out of thin air. For example, when teachers decide not to give out homework, or I find out they’re serving my favorite meal for hot lunch. Sometimes it can be as simple as my dog running up and greeting me when I get home. All of these are little things, and yet they’re still fun surprises that have brightened my day many times.

I guess what I like best about surprises is that you never know when they’re coming. I know this sounds a little redundant, but if you consider the implications of that, you might see why that’s my favorite part about surprises. If you never know when a surprise is coming, that means it could come at any time. You can wake up every morning with the hope that unexpected good things can happen out of the blue. Good things can come right when you least expect them. You just have to keep an eye out for them. See you next week!

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