Taking Things for Granted: Some of the Things We Should Always Appreciate

After deciding that I quite like my philosophical musings, I have decided to do another one. It has been bugging me for a while now and has led to some sleepless nights. Ok, some may see it as a little glib and patronising, I just see it as honest. I am always open feedback and constructive criticism so if there is something that I have gotten wrong or have missed out, please let me know either privately or by commenting on the article. So here goes...

My faith – this is something that has kept me going through teenage rebellion, body angst and relationship meltdown. Everyone needs something to believe in cos as someone once asked ‘what is the point?’

My health – As stated above, I spent much of my teenage years and my early twenties in a battle with food. I was the warrior, the food was the troublesome rebel that needed to be conquered. For example, when I was 15, a friend and I decided to eat one fifteenth of everything we were given (how we calculated that I will never know). Needless to say, I became very ill very quickly. It was not worth the effort even though I lost weight (weight which I didnt need to lose)

My family – my mother and I have similar personalities and clash hard and often, my dad is Mr. Laidback my brother sometimes goes awol and my sister seems perfect. So yes my family can get a little overwhelming. But would I swap them? NEVER EVER. No matter what, I know they have my back and that they love me despite all my drama. Some people do not even have that.

My friends – I have a wide circle of friends but very few close friends. Ok, one or two have let me down in the past, but nobody’s perfect and life is too short to hold a grudge. They have been there for me since and that is all that matters.

Paid-off debts – Due to my own stupidity and naiveté, I got myself into stupid amounts of debt running up credit cards, and taking out loans which I had no business taking out. But thank God, after some hardcore saving and budgeting, rent-free living and significant parental contributions, I have managed to pay off two thirds of my debt. The best way to start the process is to be honest with yourself and with others.

Being alive – sounds glib, but there you go. Heath Ledger died when he was only 28. Brave soldiers risk their lives every day being in warzones, babies that don’t spend more than a few hours out of the womb. If you are breathing , you can still do that thing you dreamed of. Age is only a number and youth is a state of mind. You can be young and be old in terms of your thinking and attitude.

Being able to write – it is something that I have been passionate about since I was little but it was my little sister who gave me that push to make something more of it. So you have a skill that you want to exploit? TAKE A RISK AND DO IT!

My roots – I am very proud of who I am and where I came from. I have a rich cultural heritage and it I love it.

So there you go, rant over. Take care readers....

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