Being grateful and appreciating the things I have in my life has been something that I have promised myself I would do more of in recent months. I feel as though, as a planet, we are never grateful of enough, and always too critical. To help me think about the things I’m grateful for, I decided to write a list of 10 things that I couldn’t live without. I hope that in the future, this list will remind me of how privileged I am.
#1 – My Phone
Starting off the list with a superficial one, I’m afraid. As much as the stereotype pains me, I am a ‘stupid millennial who can’t get off their phone’. When I was younger, I used to use it as a coping mechanism at school or in public to avoid talking or confronting people. Nowadays, I use it for talking to all of my friends and most importantly, my long distance boyfriend. If I didn’t have my phone, my friendships would suffer, and so would my relationship.
#2 – My Stuffed Animals
Straight from superficial to childish. I may enjoy technology and all it brings to my life, but I certainly enjoy imagining my stuffed animals have lives and talk to each other when I’m gone, too. I have stuffed animals which I’ve had since birth, some of them have been given to me by special people like my friends or family, and one was even crocheted for my by my godmother. They’re extremely special to me. Also, they’re cute.
#3 – My Dad
This is an obvious one for all of my family members, but I especially think that if I didn’t have my dad – I would be lost. I am so very grateful that my dad is so kind, gentle, and understanding. He truly gets me, and that’s very rare in a person. My dad is so shy and quiet, but you can tell he really cares through his actions and words.
#4 – Art Supplies
I genuinely cannot live without being creative. I am always, ALWAYS doing something creative. Whether that is writing my various stories, writing my blog, drawing, painting, scrapbooking, the list goes on. I love having an outlet apart from talking to people, which is great too, but not the same. Having the freedom to express yourself in various media’s something that is very special.
#5 – Money
Again, superficial, but true. I must specify that this is very personal and I realise that many people on earth live very happily without much money. For me, I don’t need all the money in the world, but money makes me extremely happy. It also makes me feel more secure in life when I have a backup savings amount that I can use in case I get stuck.
#6 – My Rabbit
I only got Gertie in November 2017, but since then I don’t even know how I managed without her. She gives me a very good purpose to get up in the morning. She has such a character and personality to her that I didn’t know was possible in bunnies. Not only that, but she’s hilarious, and so damn cute! I’m scared of leaving her when I move to Canada, but I know I’ll be back, and a year is a short time in comparison to how long I will be with her!
#7 – Tea
Ok so this one is another stereotype, but this time of British people. Tea, for me, is a lifeline. It makes me feel safe, it makes me feel like I’m at home. I don’t know exactly why I find it so comforting, but it just does comfort me. I also think I have a slight caffeine addiction.
#8 – Faith
Faith can mean different things to different people, but my faith is not only religious (I’m a Buddhist) but also spiritual. I have a very strong belief in things like fate and the universe. Personally, I find it very comforting thinking that the universe has some sort of plan for me, and that everything happens for a reason. I know that the phrase is controversial, but for me, I find it more consoling than anything else.
#9 – Sentimental Items
Ask anyone I know. My boyfriend, my friends, my family, even my dog would tell you that I am the most sentimental person ever. I have a massive tray on a shelf in my room which has every birthday, Christmas, Easter card ever sent to me. It has pictures, it has letters, it has postcards. I even keep tickets, receipts, stones, shells, anything that has sentimental meaning. I cannot live without it, and the only time I have gotten rid of it, it was extremely difficult.
#10 – Laughter
Laughter is the best medicine. I work in a hospital, and I always try to make the patients and their families laugh with stupid jokes and comments. When I first started working at the hospital, an elderly gentleman said that the secret to his life was laughter. I totally agree with him. You totally can’t live without laughter.