What are you thankful for?
This is something we all should be thinking about regularly, especially this year. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means this year is coming to an end. If you're ending this year not being grateful of anything, you're doing it wrong.
This year hasn't been easy. For many, this year was the worst year ever. For others, this year wasn't that bad. The difference between the two, is one group constantly reminds themselves of all there is to be thankful for. I've practiced gratitude a lot this year. It was helpful with getting through the harder times 2020 threw my way.
Months ago, I talked about how gratitude changed my life in my How Gratitude Changed My Life blog. Practicing gratitude on a regular basis has resulted in this year not being so tough for me. This year wasn't the best year ever, but so many great things happened nonetheless.
I'm thankful for...
Some of the things I'm so grateful for despite the hardships that attached themselves to 2020 are:
- Supportive People ~ I've felt loved countless times this year. Innumerable people have done things for me without expecting anything in return. I have felt the most motivated I have in a long time thanks to those around me. I've accomplished a lot this year that I'm so proud of, because of the amazing people in my life. None of it goes unnoticed and I'm so appreciative.
- My birdy ~ My cockatiel, Bow Wow, is such a huge spurt of happiness in my life. Even when he's grumpy and feels the need to bite me, I can't help but love him. His little beady eyes, fluffy body, and unmatchable personality has kept me going this year. He gives me a huge reason to smile even when things may not be going well.
- Creative outlets ~ Launching my website this year was a breath of fresh air. I intend on utilizing this space so much more going forward now that I'm finally settled into my home. It's a great feeling being able to blog to my heart's content. Physical writing is something I've done a lot this year as well. I've filled an entire notebook with writing. I've gotten super far in my journal. My Artist of Life workbook has tons of writing in it. Getting back into writing and diving deeper into it than I ever have has been refreshing. Dancing, my passion, has also kept a smile on my face, as it always has.
- Video games ~ Even though I haven't played video games nearly as much as I'd have liked to this year, just thinking about it puts a smile on my face. Recently having jumped into Black Ops: Cold War and knowing that Cyberpunk 2077 is right around the corner, are definitely things that keep me going.
- Minimal drama ~ This year hasn't been too bad with drama compared to other years, and it's definitely something to be grateful about. Drama can be interesting here and there, but too much of it can be draining. I'm not a drama queen by any means, even though I've been dragged into it constantly over the years. So being able to have peace of mind and not deal with too much BS has been great.
- Alone time ~ I love, love, love being alone. I talked about this in more detail in my What Life is Like As An Extroverted Introvert post. I've gotten the most alone time I've gotten in literal years this year, and I am so ecstatic. Coming home and being in my own space and just being able to do whatever I want whenever I want is such a blessing. If I want my space to be loud and upbeat, I can do that. If I want my space to be quiet and peaceful, I can do that too! I just love it so much. Alone time is so underrated.
What are you thankful for?
I've learned so much about myself and other people this year. 2020 has taught me tons, and this year has been about going after what I want. Things have taken off for me this year that I never expected, especially during a pandemic.
I encourage all of you to remember all you have in your life. Think about the good and all there is to be thankful for. Use the remainder of this year and onward to go after what you truly want in life. Don't take no for an answer. Remember to be thankful for the little things that you don't think much of, such as food, warm showers, and a bed.
What are five things you're thankful for specifically in the year of 2020? Let me know in the comments below.
*Also, happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I won't be posting another blog until next Saturday when Thanksgiving has already passed, so have a wonderful one and be safe!*