Over the last couple of days, I have written about things that people say to me that only make me feel worse. Many of you – both people who know me offline and those who don’t – have requested that I let you know what makes me feel better, so here goes.

  1. Hugs are always welcome. Real and virtual. (If you’re a tall, single, sensitive, Jewish, straight guy, your hugs can be longer. Since I’m 31, I’ve dropped the “no criminal record” requirement.)
  2. Anything related to The Sound of Music. Anything. (I probably have about 10 eggs left at my age, and I have named them Leisel, Fredrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigita, Marta, Greta, Uncle Max, Baroness Schraeder, and Captain Von Trapp.)
  3. Knowing my friends are there for me at any time, even if I don’t utilize it. I haven’t gotten angry yet by anyone saying they’re here for me if I need it. I think it actually makes me feel better.
  4. The Britney Spears song Womanizer. Only becuase it’s the only song on the radio that has no chance of making me cry right now.
  5. Seeing my friends drop what they’re doing to come to me when I am falling apart (thanks T Nugget and O The Dos for The Truth About Cats and Dogs the night we got the devastating news).
  6. My ballet and lyrical classes. 90% of the time they change my mood. I love my teachers, I love the people who dance with me, and I love the dance studio, though I would love for the bathrooms to smell better and for the studio 3 floor to be cleaner.
  7. Sarah McLachlin’s Mirrorball CD. That’s my desert island CD.
  8. Seeing this unexpected outpour of support from people who I don’t know.
  9. People making me laugh in the most random ways. Thanks, RivkA. Much appreciated.
  10. Knowing people care so much that it affects their mood. This makes me feel bad, too, but knowing someone cares that much is very special.
  11. Cap’n Crunch and Life Cereal. I wish we had the cinnamon kind, but I”m OK with the regular kind. If it was good enough for Mickey, it’s good enough for me.
  12. Knowing these feelings will, eventually, go away, or at least subside.
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