Saturday, 8 December 2018

Blogmas #8: 5 Things to be Grateful for this Christmas

Today I met the loveliest man and it put everything into context for me. I was waiting, impatiently may I add, for my Uber (which was 1.5x the normal fare and a 20 odd minute wait) when I was approached by a man asking if I could spare just £1 to help him towards his evening meal. I don't carry cash much so I had no change on me but we went to Starbucks and he enjoyed a toasted teacake with butter and a hot chocolate (with lots of whipped cream)! 

We chatted about life in general and he told me that his sister was called Marion, so not dissimilar to my name. He took comfort each day in visiting Booth Centre in Manchester where he enjoyed beans on toast with unlimited tea and coffee for breakfast, a hot shower each day and bangers and mash for lunch. I thought that this was amazing as I had never heard of this centre before. Sadly though, he did not have a home and when I asked where he would be sleeping tonight, he replied "I've got a sleeping bag".

It was heartbreaking that someone so charismatic and lovely was homeless, particularly in this weather. It really made me reflect on how lucky I am for so many things and that I should be more mindful of this in future instead of complaining about the minor inconveniences or taking things for granted.

Here are 5 things that I am grateful for this December.

Family is everything. Those that know me will know I've not had the greatest end to the year but it has made me realise just how precious family really is. I do try and spend as much time as I can with my family because I've always been quite a family orientated person. However, I've definitely still had a huge wake up call that I need to maintain these relationships and see my family as often as possible because you just don't know what's round the corner.

You might fall out, have disagreements and even sometimes not like each other very much but family is family. You're there to help each other through life's struggles and to celebrate its' successes. I'm so grateful to have such a loving, supportive family around me and I thank my blessings for them. 

Good health is something I think the majority of us take for granted. We just go through life not thinking too much about how lucky we are to be healthy - I know I do. Yet health is the key to enjoying life. Without good health, we have nothing. We can't enjoy life to the fullest.

I'm so grateful to be in good health and able to do all of things that I want to do without question. 

One thing to be grateful for is successes; all of the times that things go right for us. Whether that's passing an exam, getting a new job, getting a promotion - there's so many successes in life, both small and big.

Too often in life we are too hard on ourselves. I know I definitely am. I blame myself for a lot that goes wrong and, in some cases, it is down to me. However, with every mistake comes a lesson. Some of my greatest lessons have come out of mistakes I have made and I’m genuinely so grateful that I’ve had these failures as they’ve made me a stronger, more resilient person.

I touched on this briefly above but we really do not realise daily just how lucky we are to have a roof over our heads. You might not live in the biggest house, or the area you'd like to. You might want an extension or a bigger garden. Some people don't even have one room to settle in.

I personally love my house as I find it so cosy and homely but today has made me feel extra grateful when going home out of the cold and rain into my home.

Over the last year, I've realised a lot about friendships. As you grow older, friendships change. Sometimes the people you've known the longest can be the greatest friends you could wish for, sometimes this comes from people you've just met. Time is not an indication of friendship. 

I'm very much a people person so I hate to have any bad feeling. However, I've learnt that friends are the people that get you through the tough times. It isn't just about the people you go out and have fun with, it's who you can rely on to be there for you too. Sometimes, they're two completely different groups of people (or a mixture) and that's fine! I've also learnt that it is important to know what you want from friendships and to walk away when you feel like you're not getting that. I'll admit, that's the hardest part but it is so crucial.

I'm so blessed to say that I have an amazing set of friends. I have the most supportive, uplifting, kindest people that are always there for me no matter what - I can count these on one hand. I also have met some of the craziest, most fun individuals in the last year or so that are always game for a night out or a catch up. For each friend in my life, I'm so grateful to have you.


The last two months have been a real eye opener to me in so many ways and I am definitely going to take time to remember how lucky I am for all of the above, as well as so many other amazing things.

What are you most grateful for?


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