Adorable funny toddler girl with curly hair wearing a colorful dress on her birthday playing tea party with a teddy bear doll toy dishes cup cakes and muffins in a sunny summer gardenI’ve written a bit, lately, on some challenging subjects.  So here’s a reminder to all Steampunks and other people of wonder.  Remember, we imagine worlds vast beyond belief; we imagine entire Universes; as Steampunks, we imagine other times.  So let us not forget to turn our minds inwards, for the transformation of our real lives through the things which help us transcend those lives – be it cosplay, or making things, or simply being around other Fen, fandom, geeks, Steampunks, Goths, and other strange people

Seek joy.

Not fun, though you should seek that. Not happiness, though you should seek that. Seek joy.

Seek transcendence. But don’t be too stuffy about it; don’t walk around saying, “Oh, I can’t be bothered with the mundane, for I shall reach Nirvana!” Totally bother with the mundane; totally seek to do “mundane” things to the best of your ability. Joy is both everpresent and elusive; you don’t always know when it will hit you. Like inspiration, joy comes in part through the unpredictable actions of the universe, and in part through preparing like mad to receive it.

Do things that have brought you joy in the past. But don’t get hung up on them. They’re not the only way to find that place.

Depression can be bigger than you are. It can snuff out, not just joy itself, but the thought that you can ever find joy again. Remember: Depression is a demon, and demons lie.

Try to bring others joy. You can, if you want, do this simply because it’s a great thing to do. But also acknowledge: giving joy, giving it with a whole and open heart, is one of the clearest steps on the path to finding joy of your own.

Seek joy today. Not in an abstract sense, not as something that sounds cool to say – “Oh, I’m seeking joy”. Seek out the places where you can really leap out of your own skin for a little while. Seek out joy in things big and small. Seek joy in the subtle and joy in the obvious.

Today, do the things you need to do, and do them with this mission:

Seek. Joy.

~Jeff Mach

Jeff Mach runs Jeff Mach Events, which in turn runs the world’s largest Steampunk event, The Steampunk World’s Fair; the peculiar Faerie festival Glimmerdark, and co-runs Dark Side Of The Con (with VampireFreaks).  He’s on Twitter @steamworldsfair.