that's not how to express gratitude,
take it slow.
for you stumbling across this platform
for chanel inspiring me to write
for the courage to make this blog
that came as an aftermath of
for this life
i choose to live
for the friends
that never budge
no matter how hard
i push them away
for this body
that keeps me alive and breathing
no matter how much trauma i have put it through
gratitude is hard to verbalize when i feel grateful for everything -s.n //
Hi! This is the second little promptish guy I stumbled across and I thought it was a good one. I’ve always felt like it was hard to be grateful. I have this one five minute journal I got for christmas from my oldest friend and I was ecstatic to start using it- until I realized it had daily gratitude.
Every morning I would sit down in front of this book and I was clueless as to what to write. It started with a “Wait but what exactly am I grateful for? The house I get to live in? The family I was born into?”. I didn’t quite get it, of course I was grateful for that, but I can’t write that, that’s too simple of an answer.
But that’s it. Sometimes it’s the simple things that you do need to be grateful for- because it’s those things that you take for granted. I’ve realized that it’s not so much about just saying and writing that you’re grateful, you have to act like it.
Lemme give you an easy example. Yes I’m grateful that I have the privilege of free education (well up until high school, university is another story- especially with those OSAP cuts for one dollar beer but that’s a rant for later). I am grateful that I’m literate and I have parents that are so determined to put me through university and value knowledge as well. I know that I’m very fortunate to be in this situation. Yet it is hard to be grateful for that when I’m learning about stupid vector heads and tails. I really suck at remaining grateful but I’ve realized that making myself concise of these little things every single morning makes me a little more happy doing the assigned questions. Instead of thinking “Why the hell do I have to do this?” a little part of me goes “Ok well I guess this concept might not be helpful, but the problem solving skills I learn will be,” and I go on my merry way.
Now I’m not saying that you have to start practicing gratitude 24/7 and you can never feel sad and whatever whatever. I am just shining the light on the fact that maybe if we try to practice gratitude more often and more consciously, life will appear a little more happy and full. It’ll feel like it’s worth living and all these things that you see as a burden- they’ll start to feel like a privilege.