This is often a hard concept for me. I think that, being the dreamer I am, I’m always looking at the things I want, the things I’m striving for, and I often forget to pause and look back on all the things I already have.
We have a day every year in America that we use to celebrate and remember the things we are thankful for. You know, I get where everyone is coming from with that concept, but I think that we should remember what amazing things we’re blessed with on more days than just one. Hell, remember them every day for that matter. Sometimes we dwell on only the list of unfortunate events that happen to us. Trust me, I know. My mind likes to remind me of my hardships daily. So what better way to combat that negativity than to remember all the things we’re fighting for?
I have a lot of things to be grateful for.
My wonderful friends.
My beautiful sisters.
My strong mother.
My silly nephews.
Seriously, do not take caffeine for granted. I went a week without it and it was brutal.
Just making a list of all of the positive things in your life can increase your mood, so why not give it a shot? It doesn’t have to be something as serious as a significant other or the “perfect” family. It can be something like having great makeup skills, a good singing voice, a band that you enjoy, the fact that it didn’t rain today (or that it did rain, if you fall into that category of people, along with me).
There’s a family of YouTubers that I watch every day. You may know of them, they’re called the Shaytards (link to their channel here!!). One thing that I hear them repeat often is this: “You are alive on the Earth. Right now! This moment!” I’ve heard it countless times while watching their vlogs, and it never fails to make me put things in a different perspective. I’m not alive on the Earth in my past, or in my future. I’m alive on the Earth right now. Here, in this moment, not ten years from now where I’m accomplishing the things I wish for, not a year ago where I’m wishing I’d done things differently. I’m here now, and only have control of this moment, and I need to appreciate life in any way I can in the current moment. I’m focusing on all of the things I want to have soon and not focusing enough on the blessings in my life that are here today.
My legs look good today. I’m grateful for that. One of my best friends checked in on me. I’m grateful for that. I get to babysit my nephews today. I’m grateful for that. Anna is spending the night, and possibly Alex. I’m grateful for that, I’m grateful for them.
It’s good to have ambitions, goals, wishes and dreams. I’m so happy for people who have those, because that means you’re alive, because it’s a natural part of being human to want something. But don’t forget to take a look around you. If you get too hung up on all the things you want, one of the things you’ve had might slip through your fingers, and then regret kicks in… Which we’ll discuss in a post for another day.
I know it can be hard to remember, especially when the world throws things at you that try to break you apart, sometimes for no apparent reason. But if you really think about it, that’s the moment when you need to remember the goods thing in your life most.
I hope you are all grateful for at least ten things today.