Have you ever been at a point in your life, where things just weren’t going your way and you couldn’t help but wonder “Why me”? Going through a divorce, laid off, financial struggles?… I fully understand how difficult it can be to smile when it feels like you’re in the middle of a s#*-storm.
Admit it, despite the many luxuries that we have, we often live in our own bubble, focusing on our own struggles and the deficiencies of our desires and not appreciating the many blessings we have.
Unfortunately social media only enhances this effect and makes it that much more difficult for us to put our lives into perspective. When Richard and Vanessa are seemingly always posting pictures of a perfect marriage, in their beautiful home and taking endless amazing vacations… behind the scenes they’re actually in a loveless marriage, with a house in foreclosure and buried in debt.
Don’t believe the hype of the articles, pictures or people that make you feel like your life isn’t good enough.
“Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything it has” -Mandy Hale.
Here are 8 reasons that your life is more awesome than you think!
You have food in the fridge
This is probably the most overlooked blessing. We’re all guilty of saying “I’m starving” after not eating for a couple of hours. In the most recent drive for the homeless I took part in, I served food and other necessities to homeless people who had no idea where their next meal was coming from. During your next meal, take a minute to appreciate the vast amount of great tasting food that you have access to at any point of the day.
You sleep on a pallet of feathers
Ok, that may be over simplifying it but having a warm, comfy bed to lay down on every night is a luxury not to be taken for granted. The average American spends 25 years of their life in their bed sleeping and that doesn’t include all the other activities that you may do there…. like watching TV :)
Your only need is the things you want
Chances are the things that you’re currently claiming that you NEED in your life, are actually wants. You don’t NEED that new Infiniti Q70 (as gorgeous as it may be!!), you don’t NEED a boyfriend/girlfriend and you don’t NEED more money. You may not be living your perfect dream life but most likely your core human needs are met.
You have loved ones available by the press of a button
I'm 99% sure you have a smartphone and you have at least a couple close friends/family members you can call at any point just to chat regardless of where you or they are in the world...many people don't have this luxury.
You have fancy smanshy electronics
Congrats, you live in the touch screen loving 21st century! Right now you’re reading this on your touchscreen phone or Ipad or computer or maybe even on your SmartTV. I bet you have at least a couple of these devices. If not, congrats you have successfully resisted the 21st century and you also just ruined my diet.
You have a job
It may not be your ideal job but appreciate having the opportunity to know that you’ll see that direct deposit in your account every other Friday. Don’t have a job? You’ve had one before so you can get one again. Or better…create your own. Find what you're passionate about and the explore building your own legacy. Stay focused, stay diligent, keep applying yourself and the law of attraction says you’ll eventually find the right path.
You have access to Google & YouTube
Seriously, anything you want to know or learn about you can go on the internet and find out. With everything I've researched and learned about interior decorating from YouTube, I am now a Certified Interior Designer! Take advantage and appreciate the wealth of information you have access to at your fingertips.
You can be whoever you want to be
No matter how much you don't like your life right now, you have the freedom and God given ability to wake up tomorrow and be WHOEVER YOU WANT TO BE. Even if you feel like you’ve been the most out-of-shape, uneducated, unsuccessful individual during your 30 years of life… tomorrow you could start getting in shape, get educated in a new skill and make better choices than you did yesterday.
“Appreciate life as it happens. You’ll never see yesterday again and tomorrow will get here soon enough”