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.
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.
My immediate family (Megan, Harold, Daddy, Mama, Heather, Sarah, Nolynn, Grant)
My extended family (grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces, in-laws)
Friends (childhood, college, adult, work)
Father figures (Darin, Doc, Joe)
Waking up before the sun
Morning walks/runs with a good podcast
Travel to a new place
Meeting someone with a different perspective than mine
Learning and applying a new and helpful concept
Not knowing tomorrow
The energy that only a city can provide
The peacefulness that only a disconnect from the city can provide
A random drive with no destination in mind
Simplification (in all aspects of life)
Freedom (of all kinds)
The feel of cool, crisp morning air
Opening day in baseball and the first weekend of college football
The outlook of a child
The kindheartedness of a dog
Memories (good and bad, they all have meaning)
History. The fact that we can look back on (and study) thousands of years of people and events is quite amazing.
Neighborhood diners and pubs
The feeling of giving
The feeling of accomplishment
The selfless sacrifices of others that have made (and continue to make) the world a better place
Comedy and laughter
The fact that my nieces and nephews still call me Uncle Tappy
Getting hooked on a TV show
New gadgets and technology
That initial rumble when starting the motor of well-engineered horsepower
An unprompted smile or wave
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.