Proof that my life is hectic right now: I’m late yet again with my Thankful Thursdays.
Sometimes when you embark on something, the journey seems so long, and the end seems so far away. You may face challenges that cause you to lose hope, you might doubt yourself, or second guess yourself along the way. But then things fall into place. The right people come into your life at the right time and say those encouraging words you need to hear, or do those things you thought you’d never find someone to help you do. And all of a sudden, you realize that it’s happening and you’re doing it and it’s great. That’s how I feel right now. Of course the journey isn’t over yet and there are more adventures to come but I’m happy with the way things are going so far.
I’m also thankful for my sister. We’re opposites in so many ways: she’s a rabid sports fan (all sports! It’s sick!) while I am not, she is a morning person, while you should not talk to me in the morning if you value your life, she loves mayonnaise and condiments in general (I don’t), she has trouble keeping her side of the bathroom clean…you get the point. But somehow, we seem to find some common ground. We’ll often leave our rooms to go somewhere and realize we’re wearing very similar outfits, we often respond using the exact same words, as if we’d previously rehearsed it, and no one makes me laugh like she does.
We’ve recently been bonding by watching a tv series that a colleague loaned me and it’s been great establishing a “thing” we do. It’s funny that we’re even doing this because I’m not a big tv watcher and she didn’t think she’d enjoy the series but we’re really enjoying it and hanging out together too.
I’ve been wearing glasses for over 20 years now. I remember the ugly glasses of my past (though I thought they were cool back then), the thickness of my lenses that forced me to look at getting contact lenses, the difficulty I had wearing contacts and then the frames I got almost seven years ago, frames that changed how I felt about wearing glasses, and made wearing glasses feel like a cool thing, not a geeky one. I still wear my seven year old frames and though I’m in need of new frames, I am so grateful that the option of wearing glasses is available, and there is such a variety of frames available! There was a time when people with my kind of eyesight would probably have to beg for a living because they’d be considered blind. Thank God for technology and the advances that have been made with respect to sight. That is one sense that I really do not take for granted.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been faced with our mortality as humans more and more. As a result, there are some unspoken things that I’m thankful for that in the past would have been things I’d complain about, things like an interaction at work, or having too much stuff, or even having too many obligations to friends. It can be tempting to focus on the obviously unpleasant parts of those things, but I am grateful for the optimistic and positive spin that I’ve been able to put on these things lately.
I’ve somehow managed to catch a cold and I’m feeling very stuffed up and headache-y as a result. I’m therefore thankful that this cold will be 100% gone by the time I wake up tomorrow…right? ;)