It doesn’t take much for me to feel blissful; a perfect cup of sweetened iced coffee, or a day bicycling or hiking outside. Some of my most fun-filled memories revolve around cheap, simple pleasures. Like today, I’m bicycling at CicLAvia, an event that closes down miles and miles of road just for cyclists and pedestrians. Riding on a sunny Sunday afternoon is a great way to spend the day, and cheap too. If I add up the cost of gas, a Metro ticket, and maybe lunch, I think I’m spending around $20 – $25 bucks – or less is I bring my own meal.
Another activity that I’m looking forward to this summer is tubing – fairly inexpensive if you already own tubes, or you can rent tubes at some spots for under $15. Of course, I recommend life vests, but you can pick up inexpensive ones at Walmart or find used ones on Craigslist. Follow that up with a candlelit evening on a patio and voila! a perfect, inexpensive afternoon.
Pets also offer inexpensive comfort year round – kittens, puppies, dogs and cats motivate you to get outside (not so much cats, I guess). After factoring in vet costs, the payoff in a pet’s company and a serene calm that they exude (again, not all of them, but many of them!) are worth their price.
So, take your dog for a walk, follow that up with an iced coffee on a candlelit patio, and your day is full of pleasure.
What simple pleasures do you indulge in?