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Reasons for Gratitude

The calendar recently slid past my birthday which means I’m now officially in the last year of my 30’s.  Yikes!  You hear this all the time but it’s no joke that the years do seem to go by more quickly as you grow older.  Kind of surprisingly, this brings me no anguish as each year proves to be another fun adventure.  I’m excited to see what 39 has in store.

But first (and continuing along my trend from the prior 2 years), I want to take a moment to deter attention from the usual financial matters and instead draw focus to those things in life that keep me fulfilled and excited.  I believe this is an activity that is important for us all to do from time to time because: 1) we are not guaranteed future birthdays, and 2) regularly taking note of these items can improve both the quality and appreciation for life.  It’s that gratitude thing working it’s magic.

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I've now happily been roaming the earth for 39 years, so it’s only fitting I note 39 items that provide me with the type of soul points that money alone can’t. Here goes.

  1. My immediate family (Megan, Harold, Daddy, Mama, Heather, Sarah, Nolynn, Grant)

  2. My extended family (grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces, in-laws)

  3. Friends (childhood, college, adult, work)

  4. Father figures (Darin, Doc, Joe)

  5. Waking up before the sun

  6. Morning walks/runs with a good podcast

  7. Travel to a new place

  8. Meeting someone with a different perspective than mine

  9. Learning and applying a new and helpful concept

  10. Not knowing tomorrow

  11. Independence, VA

  12. Virginia Tech

  13. The energy that only a city can provide

  14. The peacefulness that only a disconnect from the city can provide

  15. A random drive with no destination in mind

  16. Numbers

  17. Fried chicken

  18. Simplification (in all aspects of life)

  19. Freedom (of all kinds)

  20. Seasons

  21. The feel of cool, crisp morning air

  22. Opening day in baseball and the first weekend of college football

  23. The outlook of a child

  24. The kindheartedness of a dog

  25. Memories (good and bad, they all have meaning)

  26. History. The fact that we can look back on (and study) thousands of years of people and events is quite amazing.

  27. Neighborhood diners and pubs

  28. Christmas lights

  29. The feeling of giving

  30. The feeling of accomplishment

  31. The selfless sacrifices of others that have made (and continue to make) the world a better place

  32. Comedy and laughter

  33. Drumming

  34. The fact that my nieces and nephews still call me Uncle Tappy

  35. Getting hooked on a TV show

  36. New gadgets and technology

  37. That initial rumble when starting the motor of well-engineered horsepower

  38. An unprompted smile or wave

  39. When a rhythm kicks up the dopamine levels and nearly forces the body to move

What are some of the small things in life that fuel you?  Take note and appreciate these items on a regular basis so that all of your successes prove to be even more fulfilling.