I don’t know what it is about 2017, but we’re only two months in and my life has been so much happier. Maybe it’s because I realized how much I can reasonably handle without going insane or because I’m staying on top of my classes. It could be because I’ve been making a conscious effort every day to live out my focus word or maybe all of the bad that has taken over the news lately brings out an equal extreme- a strong, astounding appreciation for the small and the beautiful in life. Possibly, it’s a great big bundle containing all of the above and then some.
As I mentioned last week, I’m one of those people that is just in love with morning. I love waking up as the sun does the same and I love sitting in the quiet with a cup of coffee to watch the world come to life. I have 8:30 am classes everyday during the week, attend an 8:15 am cycling classes on Saturdays, and claim an 8 am laundry machine on Sundays, so I’ve grown used to the early-but-not-really schedule of consistently getting out the door between 7:30 and 8 am. You guys, it’s so nice. You don’t have to be someone who sets their alarm for 5 am, works out, makes a fancy breakfast, and finishes a novel all before dawn (I’m definitely not nor will I probably ever be). Simply getting your day started before 9 am will honestly, without a doubt change your life!
For those of us actually up in the morning (which isn’t that many people, go figure), no one really feels like talking or ruining the overwhelming (in a good way) feeling of tranquility held by the morning light, so you get to just be. You can simply exist with each other. Solely sharing that experience day after day with people I’ve never talked to and probably won’t remember tomorrow is such a special component of what it means to be human. It’s a completely valuable part of each and every day.
Another almost indescribable aspect of being human is the connections we make with others. The human experience is supposed to be one you share with others, right? The unspoken bond we can have with other people blows my mind. Do you ever look at your friend and feel such a sense of love and pride for them? My good friends make me so happy just by being them, just by living out their lives. Even though some of them are hours away, they’re all such interesting, authentic, uplifting people. This past weekend, my sorority had our sisterhood retreat and it was so much fun. More than once I was simply overcome with gratitude for every single one of my sisters. They aren’t afraid to be themselves and, let me tell you, who they are is so incredible.
Experiences like this really make you appreciate the people you have in your life. Once you realize who truly cares about you, you can put all of you emotional energy towards making sure they know just how much you care about them. It all makes the work you put into the relationship worth it ten times over.
Since the first day of the new year, I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal. Being able to look back on the day and find the biggest thing I’m thankful for has been so much easier than I expected, which is significant in and of itself. You can always find something good and worthy of recognition in any given day, even if as a whole it wasn’t so perfect. But, like I’ve said before, you aren’t supposed to be happy 100% of the time anyway <3
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~ What inexplicable feelings have you been appreciating lately?
And yes, I know that it’s kind of contradictory to ask you to explain the inexplicable 😉