In a previous post, 9 Tips for Surviving a Bad Day, one of the tips I included was to 'write a gratitude list'. So often we concentrate so fully on all the negatives that are going on in our lives that we lose sight of the fact that actually there are so many things to be thankful for.
Lately I've been feeling a bit lost and down on myself so I thought I would take my own advice and make myself feel better by reflecting on and writing down some of the positives in my life.
Here are 7 things I am extremely grateful for every day.
Starting with the most obvious, I am grateful for my family and friends. Technically friends could be considered its own category but I see my friends as family, particularly my best friend since secondary school Tasha. She is more my sister than my friend.
My family can drive me crazy at times but I couldn't live without them. My mum is the strongest woman I know and has taught me to take whatever life throws at me and keep going. My dad has always taught me to be myself, even when I went through my emo phase at school which was considered wildly unpopular and nerdy, and my younger brothers are my lifelong best friends.
My dad is a massive fantasy novel geek! I grew up with the likes of Terry Brooks, Robin Hobb and of course Tolkien so naturally my favourite book genre is fantasy too.
If I'm having a bit of a crap day reading is my ultimate go-to. I feel instantly better getting stuck into a book. I think the fantasy genre just takes this feeling even further. I can truly escape reality through the fantasy worlds of all my favourite authors.
I don't often talk about it but my mum is currently battling breast cancer for the second time and while she is a tough cookie, as you can guess it's a really hard thing to go through.
People complain about the NHS a lot but it is literally a life saver. Some places in the world don't have health care at all, let a lone free health care so I am grateful for this. Particularly though I am grateful for nurses.
They are undervalued, underpaid, verbally abused and over worked and still they are there for my mum at every treatment. They're making sure she's comfortable, always there with a smile and a friendly face and even just a shoulder to cry on even though they are run off their feet and have 100s of other patients to treat. I am so grateful for nurses, they deserve so much more appreciation than they get.
Without my husband I would not be writing this blog. I'd be stuck at a retail job and never pursue my passion for writing or have the opportunity to travel.
It is through his passion and hard work that I have these amazing opportunities and now even believe in myself because he believes in me. Because of my husband I know I am capable of so much and have learned a great deal and truly grown as a person. For that I will always love and appreciate him and I should really show that more.
As mentioned above my husband and I are lucky enough to be able to travel. We're nomads so we both work from home and stay in apartments all round the world. We've been to so many places already in the 2 years we've been nomads from Barcelona and Naples to Bangkok and Hong Kong.
I am so grateful for this. Not everyone is lucky enough to have this amazing opportunity. I am truly blessed to be able to see the world.
This may seem like an odd one, but let me explain. I have 5 siblings in total but have only fully grown up with 2 of my younger brothers. The older of the 2 is only 3 years younger than I am so we are very close. We share the same music tastes, read the same types of books and laugh at the same things. The youngest is 9 years younger than I am and while I also have a very close relationship with him it's a more maternal type relationship and we don't share as many of the same interests.
Wrestling is the one thing all 3 of us share and have in common. Although it may seem odd for a 25 year old woman to hold a place in her heart for the WWE, it is a bond we all share so it's really important to me. The youngest of the 3 of us is the quietest and is a massive wrestling fan. He is passionate about it and it's something we can talk about and experience together.
None of us live together now so we have a little WhatsApp group where we discuss the weeks wrestling events and we're all going to watch Wrestlemania together and make a bit of a night out of it in a few weeks time. I am grateful for wrestling because it brings me closer to both of my brothers.
Music has been a big part of my life always. I went to a girls school where everyone was listening to Blazin' Squad while me and my best friend had Busted blasting in our ears. Music brought us closer together and strengthened our friendship through every gig we went to and every emo album we bought and swapped with each other.
It's also another go-to when I'm feeling crap. There was a time in my life when I was completely depressed and it was very often the words of my favourite bands that made me feel like I wasn't alone and helped me keep marching on. For this reason music is something I could never be without.
I honestly feel so much better now that I've really taken the time to think about the things that are great about my life and written down this gratitude list. It's so therapeutic and I realise just how much I have to be thankful for.
What are you grateful for every day?
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