Tonight I tried to brainstorm lots of things to write about, but I came up empty handed.
The truth is, like I wrote before, every day isn’t an amazing, crazy adventure, whether you’re living in the town you grew up in or in a very foreign place. Life is what you make of it, but I don’t think we should obligate ourselves to make every day amazing or crazy.
The past year or so has thrown me for a loop; there have been lots of good news and bad news, change, stress, and adjustment for me. To be honest, nowadays, I quite enjoy simple, low stress, no excitement kind of days. Life has given me enough excitement and stress to last me a good long while.
Perhaps, I’m also just getting older. Even though I almost constantly obsess about what I should be doing, my mind and body have grown into a kind of peaceful tiredness. I am rejecting some of the worry that I used to embrace with open arms. I thought worrying was a part of doing. I now understand that it isn’t.
So on days like today, when the most interesting thing I did was iron three shirts (which is totally out of character for me, which is why it was quite interesting), I have learned to be deeply thankful for the nothingness.
But, no one wants to read about nothingness, so I struggled to know what to write about today, until I came across a writing exercise. The writing exercise was to write a list of the things for which you are thankful for 5 minutes. The instructions said to just write and don’t worry about putting the things in an order, or getting to a number. The purpose is simply to be mindful of your gratitude for 5 whole minutes.
So, for today’s post, I will share my 5 Minute Gratitude List and some photos, taken this year, as I peacefully strolled down a street in the Museum District of Houston, Texas. Enjoy!
My Gratitude List
Being mostly healthy
My hair is growing back
Opportunity to learn how to cook different kinds of food over time
Resources to buy tools that make cooking easier, more fun
Sharing my knowledge of cooking and baking with other people
Socks for my cold feet at night
Clean drinking water
Always having had access to glasses and/or contact lenses to correct my poor vision
My own computer
The ability to read and write
Cell phones / blogs / ability to communicate easily with friends and family while traveling or at home
A place to go in the States / a home
My mother and other family members teaching me the value of education
All of my senses: sight, hearing, taste, touch, speaking
The opportunity to work with / teach young children
The opportunity to work with / teach young adults and older students
Courage to go against the grain / go against things my peers do or did that do not align with my values
My own mind and set of values
My book collection
And…photos from a nice walk in the Museum District.
Also, this is my fifty first post! WHOO HOOO!
Until tomorrow, my friends…