04 Dec 20 Things I’m Thankful For Today
We all have one of those days when we feel invincible, when anything we dream of is within our grasps – and when there is absolutely nothing that can stand in our ways.
Well, today is one of those days for me. As I walked home from my office, amid a downpour that lasted the whole day, I couldn’t help but taking a deep breath and feeling so lucky. I took a step back, walk slower, and think about all the wonderful things that have happened to me and/or that I have in my life. Funny thing about life is – you can never fully live it without being in the distant. In the middle of a busy week, you won’t notice how great life actually is. Only when you step back and see it from the helicopter view, will you able to appreciate all the good things and dismiss all the bad ones.
Maybe that’s why people say:
Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
So, here they are, 20 things that I’m so thankful for today:
- Live in a boarding house that is only 5-min away from office.
It has saved me from horrible traffic and time wasted to be on the road.
- Have friendly, humble, open-minded, and fun colleagues.
Trust me when I say, I feel like I never entered the “real jungle” as other fresh graduates say. Instead, I feel like I’m in this new level of college where I could work together with my new friends and be paid doing what I (like to) do and what I’m good at. Every day is fun at the office!
- Have a boss that actually wants to see me grow.
Today I had a meeting with the general manager. She was one of the main reasons why I love hanging out in FleishmanHillard. She made everything fun and she taught us so many valuable lessons. But most importantly, I’m thankful for having a boss that is very supportive to each of their employees’ dreams and visions. She genuinely wants to see us grow and become a better person, that’s a rare find!
Yes, Netflix is a game-changer. And I’m thankful for living in such an advanced era, wherein I could watch the movies and series that I love anywhere, anytime.
- My huge passion and appetite for food.
Sometimes when all things seem dark and hopeless, the only thing that I’m looking forward to is my lunch and dinner. And you know what? Even in my most desperate times, I always hang on to it with the mindset: “There are still so many food I haven’t tried in the world. I. MUST. SURVIVE.”
- Have a job that lets me learn and have fun, at the same time
Sure, some clients are painful to be with, some are so unforgettable I don’t even mind if they don’t pay me as their consultants. But, during these past two+ years, I have learned so many things from various industries – healthcare, technology, transportation, agriculture, tourism, and I’m glad to have a taste on them. At least now I reckon which industry I (will forever) avoid and which one I could spend my career on.
- Laugh and make people laugh
What is life without jokes and laughs, anyway? Twitter and 9gag have provided me with unlimited source of meme and jokes every single day.
It’s the possibility of entering an entirely different life of other person that makes life interesting.
- A roof above my head
As the downpour continues, I couldn’t help but imagining my warm and cozy bedroom awaiting me. Having met with so many homeless people out there, I never take my home for granted anymore.
- Loved ones
This almost goes without saying. Of course, 1000%, I always count my blessing when it comes to the closest people in my life. Those who never give up on me, always be there and always believe in me, they are 99% of my support system.
- Travel to new places.
Some people want to be rich, some people want to never age, some people want to be popular. Me? I just want to go travel around the world and explore something new for the rest of my life. Travel pushes our boundaries, challenges our identities, rewrites everything that we think we know. I don’t know what I’ll do in the future, but traveling will always be a huge part of myself.
- Heal my ruptured eardrums.
Yes, you heard it right (*pun intended). I got a ruptured eardrums for almost two years now. And today – yes, today – is the official date where my eardrum goes back to normal. No rupture, no hole, everything goes back to what it’s supposed to look like. And for that, I am definitely thankful.
- Set my future.
I have a huge plan in the near future. And when I think about that, it always makes me feel excited, scared, and anxious at the same time. But, as Paulo Coelho said: “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
- Upcoming long holiday.
Can we be thankful for something that hasn’t happened yet? Oh well, but I will include this on the list. When you know that the long holiday is coming, it kinda takes the pressure off. You feel more relaxed and enthusiastic to finish all your jobs before the off-season.
- Freelance jobs.
Nowadays, as the workforce competition is getting fierce, I am thankful for my side jobs which allow me to do what I love to do the most (writing) and get paid for it. My freelance jobs have supported me to travel to many new cities, save up for new laptop, and even fund my monthly book-shopping. How awesome is that?
- Be able to sleep anywhere, anytime
I never thought I would ever be thankful for this “so-called skill”, but this one has helped me A LOT, especially when traveling. Sleeping always comes as the easiest thing for me, I could literally sleep anywhere, anytime I want to, on the plane, bench, bean bag, on top of a table, sofa, etc. But apparently, many people struggle to have a rest even though they’re tired as heck. So for that, I’m thankful.
- Time freedom
The fact that I could finish watching Grey’s Anatomy, go the gym, read books, join Spanish course, and STILL do my freelancing jobs prove that I have sufficient spare time. I still can relax on the weekends and have rewarding annual leave to use.
- Go to new course
Speaking of which, I am so glad that I could finally start joining Spanish course again! I know that it’s been vacuum for around 2 months, so I definitely need to re-read my notes and get familiar with the Spanish vocabularies again, but I couldn’t wait to learn the Level 2!
Couldn’t even remember the era before Spotify exists. Now there’s a playlist for every activity, from studying, writing, to taking a shower.
- Good people
Call me naive but I believe that there’s goodness in every person. For the past twenty years, I cross path with lots and lots of them. Although briefly, I feel thankful because all those occurrences bring me to where I am right now.
- BONUS part: awesome holiday!
I just got back from an awesome holiday in Vietnam, visiting Saigon and Da Nang. Returning home, I felt so refreshed and fulfilled. Worry not, I’ll share the complete story in the upcoming blog posts, yes?
Hopefully I will read all these sweet little things in life whenever I feel down and desperate. After all, life is pretty good, isn’t it?
What are you thankful for today?