Having reached the half-century mark there’s a lot I’ve learned over the years. And there is a lot to be grateful for. Let’s face it – there are days when it seems like the world is going to hell in a hand-basket. Everything seems so rushed, so immediate, so quick to judge – in this dopamine filled world, how often do we sit back and take a moment to reflect, to smell the flowers, to see the beauty that continually surrounds us in the midst of chaos. I thought it was time to reflect on what I am truly grateful for.
1. Age is just a number – we are only as old as we feel
How true this statement is. I remember when my uncle turned 30. I thought he was older that dirt. I was only 15 at the time, so forgive my innocence. Now he’s 65 and still has the heart of a 30 year old. I may be 50 years of age, my bones might creak a bit more, but I look in the mirror and I see my younger self – always.
2. You’re never too old to learn something new – ever
Over the last year I learned how to build not one, but two websites. Was it easy? Well…let’s just say there was a bit of a learning curve. But I learned how and now I have the confidence to build more – if I choose to.
3. Family is important
What is that saying? Oh yes, you can pick your friends but you can’t pick your family. Maybe for some, but I do have a caring, thoughtful and fun bunch for family. I wouldn’t trade them for anything. They love me even when I feel unlovable.
4. Your friends are your allies
I have met so many amazing people over the years. Some have come and gone, but my close friends are pure gold. You know who you are. Each of these wonderful people have a small piece of my heart and all together, they make it whole.
5. You are never to old to delight in the simple things
There are so many simple things that are a delight. Basking in the sunrise. That first cup of morning java. Chickadees singing their sweet morning song. Taking a walk through the trees. Gently falling snow. The return of geese in spring. Watching bumblebees….
6. Give your pets a loving home
They will return that love ten-fold. Pets give you unconditional love – don’t abuse that love, soak it in, and give them a loving home and get more love than you know what to do with.
7. Your job satisfies your addiction to food, clothing and shelter
This one took me a long time to learn. It’s hard not to identify with your job when you spend the majority of your waking hours there. In the end, not all are fortunate to have their dream job or work in an area they are passionate about. If it satisfies this addiction, sometimes that is enough. Your job does not define you.
8. Traveling opens your eyes
I love traveling! I have met so many interesting people, seen incredible architecture, been immersed in history, dined on local food specialties, and basically, have seen how the other half lives. Travel – you will have the education of your life.
9. Your home should always be your haven
I love my home. Why? Because I make it my own and surround myself with cherished memories. My home is where I feel safe, know that I can just be me, and not worry about the outside world.
10. Be generous with your smile – you never know who needs it
I can’t count the many times that I have offered a smile and received one in return or vise versa. A smile can reach many, you just have use those facial muscles.
There are so many more things to be grateful for. Love your life. You only have one.
Live it to the fullest.