Being grateful, recalling all of the blessings in one’s life, is so often disregarded. I know I’ve taken way too many things in life for granted, especially the little things. The food I eat every night, the warm bed I sleep in — even the air conditioning in the blazing summertime. What we see as musts, so many others see as luxuries. And sometimes I forget this, I know I do. There are so many things that I know I absolutely don’t appreciate enough, and yet are the things that help make life just a little bit easier.
For example, technology.
How many times have you experienced the irritation of moving into a new apartment and finding out that your internet won’t be installed until the following day? No phone, no computer, no nothing. For one day. And yet somehow, that day becomes the longest day in the history of longest days…
Technology has essentially become a need. These days, who doesn’t walk around with a mobile device, tablet or laptop of some sort? Let’s face it, we’re living in a technological age where having some technological device its a must. Sad, but true.
Because technology plays such a large role in our lives, because we see it as something as important as oxygen… we take it for granted. Because of technology, there’s infinite amounts of information and knowledge at our disposal. We often forget that without technology, this endless well of information would not be possible. There wouldn’t be search engines, mobile devices or even DVD’s. There would be no Internet! Can you imagine?!
I obviously live by technology. I’ve completely accepted, and embodied, the term ‘Crackberry’ and my beloved Macbook Air barely has time for itself. It would be criminal for me to deny that technology is the materialistic luxury I’m most grateful for. Without it, I wouldn’t have discovered my love for social media or have been able to share my crazy thoughts through this public blog post!
I suppose there are many other “little things” I should be grateful for (though it would sadly require some thinking). Heck, I could write an entire book series on the things I take for granted and should appreciate more. But what I feel I take most for granted, aren’t the things themselves. It’s the people in my life that make having these materialistic things entirely possible.
Material things can always be replaced. The people I love cannot. I’ve learned the horrific lesson of loss in the most difficult ways possible and it’s through these experiences in which I have learned to appreciate every moment I have with my loved ones.
Therefore, my Mom and Dad tie for first in whom I am most grateful for. To me, they are the Dream Team, my immortal superheroes that could conquer the world in a single heartbeat. Their incredible motivation, determination and strength is what drives me to become the best person I can be. My parents, like their parents before them, worked day in and day out to create a better life for themselves and eventually, for my sister and me. It is because of them that I have so many things in my life to be grateful for.
Thanks Mom and Dad. No amount of words can describe the love and admiration I have for both of you.