It's been a good run lately, I've been doing this for a while now and so I've picked up a few tricks from the old timers.
We're flowing with the solar winds for the next three cycles, a lovely extra kick-along, and it has put us into the path of the mild and loose social connections that natural nomads make. The bodegas in the port worlds are just that tiny bit more full with the more colourful and experienced characters. There's a light camaraderie that I had grown out of hoping to find, and here it is, under the current and seeping into my world.
I'm carrying settlers at the moment, their enthusiastic hopefulness and optimism is catching. I find that I am happy for no reason.