Recently I've been stressing over the midterms coming up and making time for blogging which can almost seem like homework on top of the homework I already have. And this morning, on my way to class (yes, I have Saturday morning classes -_-) I was annoyed thinking about the exams next week, how I was still fighting a cold after it's been over a week now, and how my life sucks. But then I looked out the window and noticed what a wonderful sunny day it was. Many places aren't sunny all the time, like in New York for example. And as I kept thinking, I noticed my life didn't suck. There are plenty of people who have it way worse than I do and I should be grateful for even the smallest things that I have, instead of taking them for granted.
Health and Life
As human beings in this society, many little things could go wrong in our daily lives, but they didn't today. (Since you are reading this right now, I'm assuming you are well and alive. Bad joke. But for real.) And that is something to think about and be grateful for. For instance, you probably had to drive to work, to school, or to run errands today and how many people get injured or die in car accidents a day? Sadly, thousands. But we are fortunate today because we weren't one of them. We are healthy and not sick with disease and bedridden at the hospital. Again, that's something to be grateful for.
If you live in a typical American home, you probably have electricity, hot water, and AC or heating, and that alone is a luxury many families in third-world countries don't have. Having a phone/computer, internet access, food, drinking water, etc., are all things I know I can't imagine living without yet there are people who don't have them or lack them.
Your Family, Friends, and Significant Other
These are the people we should be spending the most time with and giving all of our love, kindness, and respect to, but we tend to take them for granted because we get too comfortable with them or we just like to believe that they'll always be around. That's why we should make an effort now so that later on, we don't end up with regrets. We never know when life decides to throw us a curveball so we should all be on guard.
You know how older people would tell you when you're a kid that as soon as you hit your twenties, time will just fly?? Well, it's true. It felt like it was just yesterday when I just turned 21 and could go out and buy myself a drink. And I think time just passes by faster as we get older. Time is precious and we tend to take it for granted as well.
So that wraps up some thoughts of the day! Not the jolliest but things that I think matter. Cheers to appreciating the little things that make life great! Happy Saturday!
What do you think you take for granted? Do you think that thinking about this makes you a happier, more grateful person? Let me know in the comments below!
Photography by Jay Banzia