This week we’re starting a new weekly feature in The Happiness Plan called Happy Flashback, where we invite readers to share with us a happy moment in their lives. Got a great moment to tell us about? Contact us at email@example.com and you might be featured in a future column.
The reader: Jennifer McCloskey
Who is she? The 38-year-old owner of Jayem Creative Consulting in Barrie, Ont.
Why it’s so memorable: It was happy for me for many reasons. First off, my mom, brother and I travelled together from Barrie to Calgary where the awards were and that was really nice because we don’t often travel as adults together. Secondly, it was in Calgary, a city that was new to us and we enjoyed exploring a city we hadn’t been to before. We all love to travel. Plus afterwards we got to head off to see some family in nearby British Columbia so that really extended the “family” element of our trip.
But the exact moment of happiness came when they announced my brother’s category, Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series, and he and his fellow actors won. I just felt so happy and proud of him, the kind of love and pride that only an older sister can have. To me, it was really about so more than just the award. He’s been acting for awhile and for one thing, he was finally getting recognition from his peer group for being the talent that he is. And I was excited about what the future could bring for him.
It was also a bit bittersweet because there was some sadness in the fact that my dad wasn’t alive to experience this great moment with us as a family. He passed away suddenly three years ago. But we all felt his presence there that night and I can guarantee you he was up on stage with my brother when he won this award. I think honestly in the end, this was the first time I experienced true joy and happiness since my dad had passed away.
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