Gratitude 2017

I came across Tynan’s annual gratitude post and loved the idea so much that I wanted to create one as well.

Thinking back over 2017, I have so much to be grateful for. My family and friends come out top of the list: this year I have really valued their presence in my life perhaps more than ever. Having such a supportive family makes all kinds of differences and I feel so lucky to be part of it. This is especially true being in my twenties where life seems to be very much ‘up in the air’, so having that constant support and communication helps me manage all the ups and downs.

My friends this year have been so wonderful and  I am overwhelmingly grateful to have met such lovely people. I’ve also realised the importance of having good friendships and the value we can add to each others’ lives. There’s something very special about spending hours over a bottle of wine or two talking about “shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax”.

I am full of gratitude when I think of all the experiences, through luck, chance, or my own efforts, that I have had this year. With such a vast world we live in, the fact I am happy, healthy, surrounded by family and friends, is nothing short of a miracle!

My life could have easily gone another way so writing this right now, sat in front of a roaring fire with twinkling Christmas tree lights in the corner, I recognise how lucky I am. I’ve recently become more conscious of the fact that the only constant in this world is that everything changes. Although slightly morbid, curiously it has the effect of allowing me to become more present. To appreciate the moment. That moment is soon gone, that person will go, the sun will rise, and what you are feeling right now will pass. How lucky am we to have all of this right now?!

Living in this time period, there is such social mobility and a movement towards following your passions and dreams. Humankind, especially women, have not been so free and independent in all of history. There is such an abundance of knowledge to learn, places to explore, people to meet, dogs to cuddle, drinks to drink, and cheese to eat — the world is truly your oyster.

This year has certainly been a lifestyle change for me and I am incredibly grateful for everything I have gone through, both good and bad. Thank you for the impact you all have.

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