Today was a very introspective day for me but I was also overcome with gratitude for a lot of things. Sometimes it’s hard not having some of my close friends nearby. Over the years a lot of friends have changed jobs, met significant others, etc. and so they’ve moved out of SoCal. But they always make such a concerned effort to stay in touch and check in and it really means so much. I talk to my best friend in Idaho every single day. I have no doubt we would still be best friends even if we weren’t able to talk everyday, but just knowing she’s always there to support me, even from so far away, means so much. The same goes for all of my friends that don’t live close by really. Not a week goes by where we don’t check in on each other or send each other a funny text or something that reminded us of each other. I’m definitely thankful for technology that’s allowed us to stay in touch with people so much more easily.
Another thing I was filled with gratitude for is having a place to go to work to everyday. This might seem like a strange one since we’re not really supposed to to enjoy work (it is called work after all) but it’s never lost on me that I’ve been out of work twice in my life. I know all too well the stress of not knowing if you’re going to have enough money for bills, health insurance and food that month, or wondering if you’ll ever be able to find another job again. Being able to do something I enjoy and also get a paycheck from it is extremely fulfilling. As a person who isn’t able to do everything on my own because of my physical limitations, I love being able to earn a living and get up and go to work 5 days a week. I know that I am extremely fortunate to be able to do so because so many people with disabilities have trouble finding work or just aren’t physically able to do so. That doesn’t mean there aren’t hard days sometimes but I always try to remember where I’ve been and how thankful I am to have landed on my feet.