Ok, so I know I promised you a more normal post this time (well, whatever ‘normal’ is where I’m concerned), but instead this is a bit of a personal one.
I’m currently sitting in bed sweating out some sort of virus – it started as a cold and then progressed to being hot & feverish, which has meant that my bed has turned into a swamp. Beyond disgusting, I know, but I need you to feel my pain. Well, actually I don’t, but I’m so fed up with being ill that I’m now starting to make a performance about it (and am annoying myself in the process).
It doesn’t help that during a particularly violent coughing / sneezing fit this morning I managed to trap a nerve in my shoulder, so now I can’t get comfortable to sleep to get rid of this damn fever.
Anyway, so I got to thinking. How much of my life do I currently take for granted, or moan about because things aren’t exactly how I’d like them to be?
Do I really have such a bad lot in life? Of course I don’t, and to think any other way would seem ridiculous. However, there are times when I do take everything I have for granted, and complain that things aren’t as I want.
So today, I’d like to be grateful for what I do have. In fact, I could make a small list (obviously there will be other things that aren’t included).
Things I am grateful for: (in no particular order)
– My health (it’s normally very good, just the past 3 weeks not so much!)
– My family – I am lucky to have parents and my brother who love me for who I am. (Ok, so Fish may dispute that, but never mind!)
– My dear little puss cat that lives with my parents. I am an avid cat lover, and my dear little puss cat is both old and grouchy (much like me), but my life wouldn’t be the same without her.
– My boyfriend, who is great and looks after me & treats me very well.
– My friends, who I certainly don’t always deserve. Thank you to those of you that have been looking out for me and asking whether I need anything…and thank you for just being there and being you.
– That I have a job, and they’re nice enough that I can text them to say I’m ill and I won’t be punished for having a day off. Trust me, I’ve worked somewhere before where I had a whole day off and you’d have thought I’d asked them to donate a kidney to me. Respect your staff as human beings.
– That I can live in a lovely house with Fish (my brother and I live together), we rent in a nice part of Bristol. It’s clean, it’s safe, it’s everything I could wish for. I don’t appreciate it enough.
– That I’m reasonably well-educated. Now, I’m the first to tell you that the education system is horrendously flawed, but I’m grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to experience it and all the fun *cough* that goes with it.
– The ability to drive, and that I have my own car. The independence that it provides for me is indescribable and irreplaceable.
– My bed. Yes, it may sound silly, but I’m useless without a good night of sleep, and so my bed plays a vital role in that.
Now, of course there are other things, and the list above is by no means exhaustive. I just felt it was important to me to recognise that actually I have a very good life, and I’m lucky enough to share it with some great people.
Thank you to those of you that are part of this adventure with me; I appreciate you.
Let me ask you – what do you appreciate in your life that you often take for granted?
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