Another round of oven roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, salad, and all the great feasting (and pounds) that Thanksgiving brings. I often focus too much on the negatives in life, and give myself a hard time in order to “fix” situations that I can’t really control. It’s something I do a lot, and time goes by while I sit there, stressed and anxious about little details. “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans”. Lately, I’ve tried to become more aware of my anxiety and am trying to change my perspective when I’m stressed (which is pretty much all the time). Of course, having a roof over my head, an education, health, and food are top priorities, I’m undoubtedly thankful for those things as I’m sure everyone else is thankful for too. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are the top 5 things that I have been very grateful for this past month (if I didn’t narrow it down, this post would be never ending), in no particular order.
- Getting back to reading novels for enjoyment. I used to breeze through novels for fun each week when I was a teenager. Then, school and life got in the way and I abandoned my love for books. I am getting back into reading, and forgot how much I love reading, the smell of books, and being transferred into a whole new world. In the past two weeks, I’ve finished two of the five novels I picked up at Chapters and it’s having a great effect on my mood. Instead of gluing my eyes to my iPhone, I’ve replaced it with stories and adventures of fictional characters that I get really involved in.
- My boyfriend. Yes, again, very cheesy but I have been really lucky in the relationship department (finally, ha ha ha ha). I’m thankful for him taking me to my surgery, helping me recover by cooking mushy food and eating it with me so I didn’t feel as bad, and bringing me to the hospital this month. I’m thankful that we can talk about anything without it being awkward. I’m thankful to have someone that I can always count on, is very patient with me, and takes great care of me without me asking. I can be my crazy, annoying, stupid self with no limits and he won’t think differently or judge me.
- Mini vacation time. The transition between August to September was very rocky for us. There was a lot of changes personally, and we didn’t know how to deal with it. I’m very thankful for our weekend getaway to Seattle with friends, I really needed that time off to relax and to feel like myself again.
- Being healthy. Healthwise, this past month took a turn for the worst I’ve seen for over a year. Everything plummeted down in two weeks, from wisdom teeth complications, to really bad food poisoning, infection, and a visit to the ER. In these two weeks, I’ve seen my doctor and had more blood tests than the past year combined. We often take our health for granted, but I realized when I was sick that I really needed to take better care of myself (although those things couldn’t really have been prevented unless I stopped eating or didn’t pull my teeth out, haha). With that said, I was also very shocked at the tremendous amount of concern and support I received from family, friends, and acquaintances and realized what a great support system I had, even if I didn’t talk to some of these people on a daily basis. So this one doubles as thankful for being healthy and having great and caring people around me.
- Last one. WOW THIS IS SURE DIFFICULT NARROWING IT DOWN. Getting accustomed to my new job and learning about the world of infrastructure technology. Not going to lie, the first two weeks of my job was rough because I knew absolutely nothing about infrastructure technology and the IT world. Slowly but surely, I am getting the hang of things, and I’m even learning about very technical technology terms that I had no idea existed! It was such a great feeling when I saw some technical jargon outside of work, and I actually understood what it all meant! They even trusted me to take the meeting minutes for the super important Board of Director and Annual General Meeting one month into my position. This job definitely kicked me out of my comfort zone but looking back, it has been worth it and I’ve grown so much. (For privacy reasons, the trustworthy Polka the cat has helped me in protecting the company that I work for)
Wow, that was a very heartwarming post. I should write personal posts more often, I feel like sometimes my posts are so materialistic because all I talk about are beauty products or food (aka tangible objects). Anyways, I am definitely grateful for more than those five things in my life but those were just the top five that came to mind. By no means does this mean I don’t appreciate anything else in my life. I hope you all enjoyed reading this. Happy Thanksgiving!
ALSO ISN’T PUSHEEN THE CUTEST CAT EVER? (Sorry Polka)