I'm having a wonderful time with things at the moment. Building a happy way of living is probably one of the most mysterious and rewarding things that you can attempt to build. The materials are everything from furniture, to literature, to friendships, to food and drink, to trips, to philosophies and personality traits. It has taken me a couple years to even realize that I was trying to build it, in fact... or at least to articulate it in this way. This most recent couple year stint has probably simply been the most productive of many attempts, and I think is still far from being declared successful. I guess it's what everyone is indirectly working on, but there are times when the task of it becomes clear in itself, and it seems to be improved by making sure that the brain lets through any new ideas by the homunculi project managers in my head as they strive to try new experiments, remove failed plans, and invent new ones. Huh?
A couple currently running projects:
Wednesday Office Hours: Just started it last week but the idea is to let people know of a time and place every week that people can come and hang out. The false premise is that I will help answer life's questions, solve troubling problems, and assist in difficult tasks as well as I can. The true premise is that I get to buy my friends drinks.
Reading: I have a love/hate relationship with books. For a long time I've found myself unable to read texts that were longer than 3 paragraphs. Occasionally menus proved too prolific for my attention span. Just last month though a switch flipped and I'm able to read more than one book a month again. This is a huge victory on the part of the happiness builders.
Art Club: A few of us are forming a new club around the appreciation of art. It will involve borrowing, lending, buying, and giving art, as well as interacting with artists, commissioning work, and possibly helping them take advantage of all the cool tools that the interweb has invented that are specifically designed to help people who produce things. Another part (which is perhaps most interesting about it) is about simply lowering expectations about the appreciation and acquisition of art.
Fame, Power, Wealth: A running theme. In that order.
Enjoying My City: Going to a new restaurant every week and a new show every week, while I am not always successful at the particulars, has led to me enjoying a lot more in my city than I had been. It's more of an anti-rut medicine than anything else... and this mild but constant dosage goes a long way to appreciating more often just how varied the place you're living in actually is.
The Robot Co-op: We just passed our first year anniversary, and it's still an amazingly productive, inspiring, and changing environment that continues to delight. When work delights, the whole world is turned upside-down.
There are more but it's never necessary to list everything. Or to explain anything fully. The gist is what's important, I think. If you can get the gist, or the spirit of the project, then the project will continue even after the pieces are removed or exchanged.