Since Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I thought I might as well dedicate this blog post to being thankful for all the little things in our lives. Without going into too much detail, I’ve hated this year with every fiber of my being. Every time things seemed to be getting better, something worse would trump (for lack of a better word) the previous disaster. It became extremely difficult to focus on the positive aspects of my life. Do you know how hard it is to be pessimistic and run a weekly advice/inspiration blog?!? Trust me, it starts to take a toll when you feel like a fraud. Don’t get me wrong, I still struggle with being hopeful, but at least things seem to be going back to normal again. Once many of the negatives in my life started morphing into positives, I started to take notice of all the things I have to be thankful for. In our darkest hours, I think we tend to lose sight of these things. Well now I’m here to shed some thankfulness on you as well! So, you should be thankful for:
Your Loved Ones
This one should be a given, but you’d be surprised how easily we lose sight of our loved ones. I am so thankful for my family and friends, especially in light of recent months. They were there for me through some very rough times and it reminded me how much I need them in my life! I urge you this holiday to do something special for the special people in your life. One day one of them will need you as much as you needed them, and it’s important for you not to lose sight of that!
Health is one of those things we never appreciate until we start to have problems with it! I don’t know about you, but I never appreciate being able to breathe out of my nose until I’m sick. When I went through my health scare earlier this year, I was panicking. Even though not many people knew how freaked out I was, I kept internalizing all of my fears to the point it was making me physically ill. Luckily, everything turned out okay and I’m still healing well. My point is that now I am so grateful for my health and having the ability to live a somewhat normal life.
When we’re younger we tend to feel defeated for what makes us unique or stand out. Ironically this is now what helps us succeed in our lives! Embrace your individuality since every single person has something different to bring to the table. I used to think my sense of humor held me back from making more female friends when I was younger, where now I think my ability to keep people laughing is why people like to be around me. We all have something that makes us truly special, so accept it and learn to love it!
Your Education and/or Career
Sometimes it can be hard to be grateful for your education or your current job, because it might be the very thing that is stressing you out the most. No matter how much time and dedication you’ve put into these things, having either is better than the alternative! Finding a job is tough and so is successfully getting an education. There are so many people out there struggling to obtain both, that it really gives you a fresh and new perspective on how lucky you truly are. On my very worst days, I think of a time where I didn’t have either yet and it makes me realize how much I’ve accomplished.
This probably sounds super cliche, but I feel the most at peace when I see an amazing sunset or get to take in a beautiful landscape. When I see how amazing this planet is and everything that it contains, I get this sense of purpose. I don’t know why, but the beauty overwhelms me and makes me realize how lucky I am to be alive and experiencing the things I get to experience. It doesn’t have to be nature, but maybe in your case it’s art, architecture, music, or something else! Appreciate the amazingness that surrounds you everyday.
I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow and I also hope you surround yourself with the things that make you the most happy!
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What are you thankful for?