"Oh Canada!"

I need to amend my previous post because I gave the wrong impression. I’m NOT completely unhappy. My life is good, but I spend most of my time feeling ‘meh.’ So I want to rediscover those things that make me truly happy and make sure I incorporate them into my life on a more regular basis.

I’m up early this morning (8 am is early for me) in order to give me time to complete my two goals for the day (to write something on my thesis and do one hour of research for the professor’s project).

Today is Canada Day, and Canada makes me happy. Well, usually. Personally, I’m very frustrated with out current national political situation. The Toronto Star recently ran a seven-and-a-half-part series entitled Sham-ocracy which I’ve yet to read but am intrigued by.

Anyway, despite all of its problems (and really, nothing is perfect), Canada generally makes me happy. The Globe and Mail is running the results of an extensive poll today in honour of Canada’s 142nd birthday. It doesn’t shed any new light on what makes Canadians tick, but it’s a nice reminder of what (we think) binds us together.

Reading about Canada makes me happy. My favourite book on the subject is Will and Ian Ferguson’s How to Be a Canadian. Although it feeds typical Canadian stereotypes, it does so in a humorous way. Roy MacGregor’s Canadians is on my bookshelf, but I have yet to read it.

So, that will be today’s happiness goal. I’m going to start reading Canadians to both celebrate Canada Day and give myself a little happiness boost.

But I also have an ‘ultimate’ Canada Day dream. I want to go on a cross-Canada road trip. I’d love to drive up to the Yukon. And I want to drive out to the east coast. So maybe it’s time to stop ‘dreaming’ and start ‘planning.’ Hmmm…

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