There are 90,000+ posts on the interwebs today on what people are grateful for. So, instead of joining in on the madness, I thought I’d list the top 5 things I’m somewhat ungrateful for and take for granted.
I’m not Jewish, but my Aunt’s family is. I’m thankful that I got to be a part of their Hanukkah traditions this year.
Things I Need to Be More Grateful For
- My Health
I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2009 and immediately started eating healthier. I was so particular about eating non-fibery, grainless, bland foods. I even cut back my caffeine intake to almost 0! Then shit got real (pun intended and perhaps TMI), and I realized that my “miracle drug” allowed me to eat whatever the heck I wanted with virtually no side effects… except weight gain. I need to get back to eating healthy. I take for granted that I haven’t had any major UC flare ups or setbacks in almost 5 years. I need to remember that I’m not invincible.
- My Job
I’m employed full time as a high school English teacher in an urban school district in New Jersey. With all of the changes in education– and the lack of support from administrators and the powers that be– it’s really easy to go to work and complain with colleagues about this and that. Six months ago, I was graduating with a Masters Degree in Secondary Education, no job prospects, and over 40 job applications sent out throughout the state. While I may not make the most money or have a 9-5 job, I am tenure tracked. I can afford food to eat. I am making a difference in the lives of students, whether I feel like it or not. I need to remember this when I’m having a rough day of teaching.
- My Family
I have a big family, filled with people of different age demographics. Some of them are getting older. Some of them are just starting to grow up. While I spend a lot of time with my immediate family, I don’t spend enough time with my younger cousins. It seems as if they’ve gone from being little babies to kids and tweens overnight. I really take them being my “little” cousins for granted, and I need to spend more time with them.
- My Friends
I am a chronic friendship killer. For as long as I can remember, I’ve gone through spurts of unintentionally killing friendships every few years, either through laziness (I suck at calling people or keeping in touch!) or just life/ people growing apart. Since I’ve started teaching, I’ve been really good at keeping in touch with my teacher friends… and nobody else. I need to reconnect with My Poets, My Gays, My Res Lifers, and everyone in between. I take for granted that they’ll always be around…and they won’t. People move on. Life happens.
- My Love
For the first time in my life I am in a relationship filled with love, compassion, support, and awesomeness… and I think it’s really easy to take that for granted, although I don’t think I have yet. I’m thankful every day to have V in my life, and to be able to look forward to a lifetime with her. I don’t think I’ll ever cease being amazed that our love is real, but if I do, I need to remember this post and not take her for granted.
What do you take for granted?