Recently there just seems to have been so much negativity around. First there was Brexit, then there was the US election (yep I was lucky enough to live through both, I emigrated between the two events) and I’ll be honest that I’ve not always exactly looked at my life in America in a positive light. Considering it’s Thanksgiving, what better time to write a post about the small things that I should be thankful for?!
I am thankful for my loving family
Both sides of the pond. I’m especially thankful for my family back in England. It’s as hard for them as it is for me and yet they’ve done everything in their power to try and help me feel better about living so far away. My in laws have been amazing too, accepting me into their family with open arms.
I am thankful for waking up each day
There are too many people I know that have gone before their time. Waking up each day means I’ve been given the opportunity to try everything in my power to live life to the full. Whether that’s having new experiences, learning something new, going on an adventure, inspiring people, making someone smile or helping out others. We’ve been given a chance, we shouldn’t waste it because we never know when there may not be a tomorrow.
I am thankful I live in a safe environment
I do get scared that so many people in America have guns (as a Brit this is something that’s not the norm!), there are often tornado warnings, I was living an hour away from London when all the terrorist attacks there took place. But for the most part I feel safe. I’m not in a war zone and there’s not a horrendous amount of crime and thankfully the nature disasters have stayed at bay. Back in 2007, I visited Kenya. Coming from a first world country, I had received every injection going and for the duration of my trip I was taking malaria tablets, as a tourist these things are fairly easy to control. But for the people living in countries like Kenya, these are very real diseases that they have to deal with on a daily basis. The closest ‘tropical’ disease we really have to worry about is Zika.
I am thankful for having a roof over my head
I may moan that it’s full of bugs and mice that run over my feet when I’m sitting on the toilet, but at least I have somewhere warm and dry to live. I have electricity and running water. There are people in the world that don’t have these luxuries.
I am thankful that I can afford to buy clothes
The weather is starting to turn cold here in Iowa and yet I thought nothing of going into Walmart to buy a pair of $15 mittens. Snow boots? No problem, I could afford them too. Yes they were in the sale and I got them cheaper as I wasn’t fussy about colours or brands, but I could get the clothes I need to be protected from the cold winter weather.
I am thankful that there is always food in the fridge
Not necessarily just in the fridge but the cupboards too. I’ve never had to go hungry. I do try to live on a budget, we don’t always go out for dinner. I try to buy food that lasts for several meals (such as boxes of rice) and I’m always aware of only buying food that I know we’ll actually eat and won’t go mouldy before we get round to eating it.
I am thankful that I have my health
For the most part, I can’t complain about my health. I have my eyes to be able to read, appreciate my surroundings and enjoy photography and my ears to be able to enjoy music and have conversations with people with ease. Health care insurance is the bane of my life but at least I don’t have to use it and end up with an even bigger bill. If I catch a cold, I don’t even think twice about the fact I have access to supermarkets packed with medicines to relieve the symptoms so I can get a better nights sleep etc. We are fortunate to be living places where this is just second nature.
I am thankful that I have a job
I have an education and a work ethic that means I have always been in work. Even when I emigrated to America, I had a job within a week of landing. It means I can afford the basics in life to live comfortably.
I am thankful for the people I have connected with because of my blog
People visiting my website is what gives me the motivation to keep on writing. I love knowing that I’ve helped people and in turn I love how inspirational and friendly other bloggers are. It’s like a whole little community of love that’s always there regardless of where in the world I am. Your comments and conversations mean the world to me and hopefully I get the opportunity to meet some of you in the future!
I am thankful that I have the privilege to be able to travel
As a British passport holder I’ve been able to travel between countries fairly easily. I’m thankful that I’ve been in a position where I can save as hard as possible to be able to see the world. Even now, I can’t afford to travel as much as I could when I was living in England BUT I still CAN travel and I’m planning on going away for 5 weeks in summer 2017. It’s a huge love of mine and I couldn’t imagine my life without it. It brings me so much joy and I try to do everything I can to make it possible. I recently made a video montage of some of the trips I have been on and I couldn’t help but smile when I saw all those countries mashed together it made me realise how lucky and fortunate I have been.
What are some of the things that you are thankful for?