Have you ever had anyone ask you , "When are you the happiest?"
Quick, ask yourself that right away.
I think that if you can't answer that question right away, you need some soul searching and pretty fast.
I probably just asked it so I could tell you when I am the most happy.
Hunting. And then I have a list of a bunch of other stuff that makes me happy, but it's not the intense, focused feeling of the birds coming in, your dog seeing them and holding his breath, you seeing them and holding your breath, the moment right before the shot and then the shot the retrieve and the retelling of the whole thing.
Training ,and exercising in general makes me happy, but it is more of a "have to" activity that must be done in order for me to enjoy the rest of my day. Earning the right to have a good time because I exercised. You can't just wake up and not pay some sort of toll. C'mon, everyone knows that fact.
OK! Here is my perfect day: Wake up at 3 am, let the dogs outside, let them back in to eat. Brew a massive pot of coffee and walk downstairs. Load up the squat bar and hit 20 minutes of squats with very little rest in between sets. Dogs watching. Petting them and talking to them between sets. Telling them how many reps I have to get before each set. Telling them to count. Hit heavy bag for 3 rounds. Wake son up. Shower. Camo clothing on, kid and dogs and supplies in truck. Hank Jr. on radio. In the goose blind in Maryland with dog, kid and buddy Steve by 6:15. Birds flying in droves and getting the limit by 9:30. Dog performing flawlessly. Cheesesteak and fries with Old Bay seasoning and vinegar at the Dog House in Delaware with kid on the way home. Save a few bites of steak for the
dogs. Repeat the next day and forever and ever and ever.
What makes you happy? And nothing cheesy allowed, like romance or a walk on the beach holding hands and stargazing or the look on your children's face or some sentimental crap. Ah, I guess you can say when your kid(s) was born, but that started love and worry. Because this ultimate happiness activity today should be about you, and sort of a make believe I don't have to worry about a damn thing activity.
Get to it! Think about it. Lose yourself in it for awhile, before the real world starts knocking you in the head again.