As a part of Habitica‘s gratitude challenge, I will write about the little things that I’m grateful for. Some are not that little but are overlooked.
I’m grateful for living in my country and in my city. My country is beautiful, as so many countries are, but it holds a special place in my heart. My city is peaceful and rife with cultural events, coffee shops, restaurants and beautiful sites. There is a huge park, where people go to spend time, enjoy nature, do exercise and so on. I live near the city center, so it’s very convenient.
I’m grateful for all the books I have at home. We have a big collection of books and there is a lot to read. So many that I won’t be able to read them all in the lifetime (unless the longevity movement extends lifespan so much, that we become immortal haha). Books have been a big part of my life since I was little. My mother used to read me bedtime stories and we would go to book fairs and bookstores since I was a baby. Books are magical portals to other realities. You become the movie director of the film you create in your mind, that’s why most books are better than the movies they are based on. Reading is a very therapeutic activity, it soothes the soul, and it helps one to stay creative. Books inspire me to write, and help me write better.
I’m grateful for my smartphone. This might sound silly or materialistic, but I really do. It enables me to write anywhere, (yes, I could use pen and paper, but, in my opinion, writing on a cellphone is quicker and more satisfying) post to WordPress anywhere and do many other things. Apps are very helpful. I forget to drink water, so I use an app to remind me to drink water. I have a step counter app, a site aggregator and many other apps that make my life easier. To think that 20 years ago, when I had my first cellphone, it was heavy and it couldn’t do many things. Now, we can do thousands of things with our smartphones. I wonder what we’ll have twenty years from now. We’ll probably have augmenting reality glasses and we’ll be able to digitally interact with everything. Let’s wait and see.
I’m grateful for my room. Privacy is important to me, whether it is online or in real life. My room is further from the other rooms in the house. I can entertain friends, listen to loud music and do whatever. It was designed by my mother with love. It has 50% of it is windows, so there is lots of light and I have a nice view.
I’m grateful for my art supplies. I have many water soluble pencils, paint, water soluble crayons, etc. It enables me to draw and paint whatever I like. I can unleash my creativity on paper with incredible freedom. I know that you can do a lot with fewer supplies and that the supplies don’t make the artist, but it’s more pleasurable to be have more supplies.
I feel grateful for the food I eat. It’s mostly healthy food, though I do love ramen and fried food. I love eating, I truly do. Even though it feels like a chore sometimes. I wish there was a pill you would take, and you would feel full right away. Depression can interfere with your eating habits: you may not feel like cooking or eating. A few weeks ago, my dinner consisted of ramen and chopped steak meat. That is an example of a “depression meal”. You have zero motivation to cook. Sometimes, I’m hungry for long periods of time. I feel hungry but I just don’t do anything about it.
What are the little things in life that you are grateful for?
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