Remembering to be Grateful


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Sometimes I forget that there are so many things in my life to be grateful about. I get stuck in a rut and find it nearly impossible to look past the thing that happens to be bothering me that day. Thus it can be helpful to look past these struggles and be grateful for all the things that you forget about. I’m not talking about loved ones, that goes without saying. I’m talking about the stuff that is buried even deeper in the background, that I never think about.

1. My chances of being eaten are nearly zero. Other than a rouge bear deciding that I look like his next meal, I probably won’t die by a wild predator. This wasn’t the case for a large part of human history and many people around the world still find themselves not at the top of the food chain.

2. In a similar vein, I don’t have to hunt for my food. From what I’ve heard human being, used to hunt by chasing animal to exhaustion. Literally running after them for miles until they dropped dead. Cardio is the worst. I’m grateful that I don’t have to chase my food down, instead of making a quick trip to the grocery store.

3. Running water is something that I never think about but the alternative could be brutal. Water is heavy and I having to draw it from a well or carry it to my house from a far distance sounds like a brutal hassle. Not to mention that it facilities plumbing. When you really stop to think about it, running water is perhaps one of the greatest luxuries that humanity has ever known, yet I never stop to think about it.

4. Technology gets a bad rap sometimes but I feel we should be more grateful about it. We live in a unprecedented time period in terms of the technological growth. We all could have been born a thousand years ago and spent our whole lives marvelling at a windmill. Instead we have supercomputers in our pockets and cars that soon might be able to drive themselves. Not to mention that technology lets me broadcast this writing to the world, instead of just being some insane scribblings in a journal somewhere.

5. Just overall, I’m incredibly lucky to have been born and to live in the time period that I do. In my opinion, it’s the best time to be alive and I’ll argue with anyone who says otherwise. Throughout human history, and still in a staggering and disheartening amount of the world, people had to be worry about starving, dying of thirst, begin eaten, being killed by another tribe, or being disfigured or killed by illnesses that we’ve solved years ago. I have to worry about none of this.

So what do I really have to fret over? To feel hard done by, in the face of so many things to be grateful for?

Perhaps nothing.

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