Unbridled Joy

5-minute-friday-1One of the things I enjoy about teaching young children is the unbridled joy they express when something pleases them. They express happiness for the the simplest of things: a sticker for doing a good job, their achievement at building something really big with the blocks, their joy at running free in the playground. Their smiles, their laughter and their entire body language reminds me of what it is like to feel joy unfettered by the cares and responsibilities of adulthood. It seems like a long time ago since I experienced this emotion which overpowers the cares of everyday life. I think back to the time I used to dance: moving across the floor without hesitation. The dance seemed to be an expression of the joy I felt when moving to the sound of music. Now the burdens and responsibilities I have seem to dampen the expression of unbridled joy in my life, leaving me with a feeling of contentment and acceptance.

Do you experience unbridled joy in your life?

(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: Joy)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

A Shot of Everyday Life in Manzini

Everyday we leave our homes to go to work, to go do some shopping, to meet up with friends for a coffee or a meal. For some, going to town is a big event which is enjoyed for its pleasure. For others, it may be an everyday occurrence that they have grown accustomed to.

On the street in Manzini, Swaziland. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Whatever the reason for the trip to town, people go about their business: walking, driving, and even sitting down to watch the passers-by.

Watching passers-by in Manzini, Swaziland. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

On my trip to Manzini in Swaziland, I enjoyed watching people go about their everyday life: selling food at the fruit and vegetable stalls, walking to work, doing their shopping, or even enjoying their day in town.

Fruit and vegetable stalls in Manzini, Swaziland. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Do you enjoy watching people go about their everyday life?

(Join us each week for the Photo Challenge posted at The Daily Post at WordPress.com. This week’s prompt is: Everyday Life)