The second thing on the “52 Journal Prompts” list is “A list of things you’re thankful for”.
Before I get into it, I’d like to ask you to listen to this song while reading my list.
So, what am I thankful for?
- My health – I may suffer from hypermobility and endometriosis, but I have the use of all my limbs and I’m in good health most of the time, and that is something to be thankful for.
- My parents – I have four parents, and each of them brings something different to my life and each have different things to teach me. I’m grateful that they brought me up and encouraged me in whatever I chose to do. I always had a roof over my head and a full belly. I always had someone I could talk to. I was always loved.
- My family – This is similar to the point above, but this encapsulates the rest of them as well. Although I don’t see many of them that often due to distance, money and laziness, I love each of them dearly and think about them often.
- My friends – I don’t have many friends, as I’m a bit of a home-body, but I love the friends I do have. I wish I was more sociable, but I don’t think that will ever change, and luckily my friends don’t seem to mind too much – they accept me for who I am.
- My job – I didn’t graduate with the best results in the world, yet I still have a job. Because I have a job, I am able to have my own flat, pay my own bills and I’m fully self-sufficient. Does this count as being a fully-fledged adult?
- My date of birth – I truly have been born in a magical era. I spent the first 10 or so years of my life without knowing what the internet was, so I learned to value other things. If you place an internet connected device, a game console and a book (of a genre I’m interested in) in front of me, the chances are I’d choose the book. I know you can say “but the device could have e-books on it!”, but they also have bright screens that hurt the eyes. Plus, books smell great. On the other hand, however, technology is amazing. I can listen to music anytime, anywhere. I can carry 1,000+ books in a device half the width of a regular book. I get to immerse myself in amazingly detailed, intricate video games, with other people all over the world. I can video call a family member to see their face when I talk to them, miles away.
- My gender – Don’t worry, I’m not going to go all feminist on you (I’m not keen on the term since some horrible people hijacked it to promote women above men). I mean that I have the ability to vote and can work in a “male” industry because of the women before me that fought for our rights.
- My partner – Without him I’d not be as fun, I’d not be as happy and I’d not be as passionate about life. I’d be stuck in a bad situation; miserable and desperate to get out. I’m grateful for him.