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  • Good morning, John. In my last video I complained. And my first rant, of all my rants, was ranting

  • about ranting and why people enjoy ranting and listening to rants so much when the world

  • is actually full of pretty cool stuff. So in this video, to counteract that, I'm going

  • to be sharing fifteen of my very favorite feelings in the world ever. It's not gonna

  • be super funny. It's not gonna fire your dopamine receptors in the same way that getting all

  • jazzed up and angry will, and it might not even be like so relatable. Instead of those

  • things, I'm just going for honest. So, my favorite feelings.

  • Seeing two people that you really like get married to each other and everybody in their

  • lives who love them have come together to just be unironically sappy about how adorable

  • their faces are for a day.

  • Hanging out with an old friend for the first time in years, and you've forgotten a lot

  • of the things about them, and you're hanging out, and, you, they're just great! And you're

  • like "I like you so much! We get along really well! That's probably why we used to hang

  • out like every day."

  • Figuring out something super complicated like, for example, uuuuuuuhhhhhh this thing. It

  • just sits there on the floor now. That's not one of my favorite feelings: having just junk

  • lying around. But the complicated thing can be like a real problem that I face in my life

  • or some contrived thing from a book or a video game. That moment of figuring it out is so

  • great!

  • I guess, somewhat relatedly, just getting better at stuff. Like that moment when you

  • realize that you can now do something very easily that a year ago would have been unthinkably

  • difficult.

  • Having the power to feel comfortable being me and having society recognize you for your

  • strengths is pretty rare and pretty rad and I have that right now. And I never want to

  • take it for granted and if I don't have it anymore, which is certainly possible, I do

  • not want to be bitter about it.

  • Having someone you respect tell you that they respect you - mh. So good.

  • When you're reading a book and there are like 35 different weird plot threads that seem

  • to have nothing to do with each other until one thing is removed or added to the equation

  • and suddenly they all form together this magnificent tapestry of everything and it all fits together

  • and you're like "What just happened?!" Love that, I love that a lot.

  • Doing something scary and having it go really well.

  • Taking a hot shower in the dead of winter.

  • Smelling the first iris of the year. Not like of an eyeball. An iris is a plant, if you

  • don't have those. Don't sniff each other's eyeballs. Unless it's consensual...

  • Maybe the best feeling of all feelings, that I've ever had, is opening up and letting somebody

  • that you love see all your broken bits. And then they're like "I don't mind, those are

  • pretty cool. Here are mine, too." And you're like "Yeah, no, I like those. Those are cool.

  • That's fine. We should hold, and hug." Knowing that yes, this person that you love loves

  • you back and you can trust that and you can know it forever. Yeah!

  • Less good than that, but still very good, is when the cat is like "Don't, you, stop

  • moving. I need to cuddle you."

  • Another amazing feeling: learning things that help me understand the world better. Also

  • helping people learn things that help them understand the world better.

  • I'm gonna finish this list off with a feeling that I thought would feel really good, but

  • now that I've experienced it a few times clearly does not: watching bad people, who have done

  • bad things to me or to other people and I've seen it happen, watching those people fail

  • or self-destruct or have bad things happen to them, it never feels good. Like watching

  • bad people is sad when they're successful and when they're failing. It doesn't matter

  • what's happening. It's always just sad.

  • John, I'm gonna be honest, I found this video surprisingly hard to make. Even in a little

  • corner of the internet that we inhabit that is a very open and honest and authentic place.

  • It was difficult to just share things that I like. I don't know why. If it's self-consciousness

  • or if it's like I'm afraid that I'm bragging that I, like, enjoy things in my life, which

  • is, why would you feel that way? I don't know. Apparently it's more fun to complain than

  • to appreciate but probably not better for a person or the world in the long term.

  • So I know some of the things above were, like, probably things that everybody agrees on and

  • some were very specific to me. But I'd like to know in the comments if you just want to

  • open up and tell everybody else some of your favorite feelings that would be great. And

  • also if you want to open up about some of your hang ups to consenting strangers, probably

  • down there as well.

  • John, I'll see you on Tuesday.

Good morning, John. In my last video I complained. And my first rant, of all my rants, was ranting

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