Before the first day of 2014 comes to a close, I just wanted to write down some of the (many) things from 2013 that I’m most thankful for. If you’re so inclined, share something that you’re thankful for in the comments! Gratitude is a powerful thing.
Here are my top eight, in no particular order:
1. My family
I moved into my first apartment this fall, so I haven’t been going home nearly as much as I did during my first two semesters of college. I absolutely love living by myself (although I do have a roommate, so “by myself” isn’t actually by myself), and it definitely makes me appreciate the time I do spend with my family even more. I will always fondly remember this as the Christmas where my family and grandparents and I had a 20-hour Settlers of Catan marathon. (Ironically, I always end up with all the wheat cards when I play that game.)
2. My first car
I got my first car this year, and his name is Kevin! It’s a stick shift, so that was definitely a learning curve, but I’m thankful that I now know how to drive a stick in case I’m in a foreign country and my hypothetical traveling buddy breaks his foot/leg/arm/face and can no longer drive our (inevitably) manual rental car.
That was my dad’s reasoning, anyways.
Isn’t he adorable??
3. My job
In March, I started working for Chris Kresser as a ‘research assistant’ of sorts, and I’m still pretty awed that I even have this opportunity. Not many college students can say that they work for someone who they admire and respect, and who happens to have the exact career they hope to achieve someday. Needless to say, I feel incredibly fortunate.
4. My first conference
I volunteered at the Ancestral Health Symposium in Atlanta this past August, and it was a truly incredible experience. For the first time, I was around tons of people who are just as health-nutty as I am, plus tons of food I could actually eat, so for once in my life I actually felt like I fit in! I even had the Vibrams to prove it
5. My health
Unfortunately I can’t say my health has improved over the past year, and it’s easy to start comparing myself to other people my age who aren’t dealing with health issues. But when I actually stop and think about it, it’s mind-blowing how many aspects of my health I take completely for granted! In the interest of not taking them for granted for at least a minute, here’s a list:
- My arms and legs work properly, and I can walk around and pick things up and even flail wildly if I so desire.
- I can see, and I don’t even need glasses or contacts.
- I can also hear, smell, taste, and feel, which comes in handy for crisis aversion when I inevitably set something on fire in the kitchen.
- As far as I can tell, my spleen works pretty well.
- My hands work properly, and I somehow still have all my fingers, which is awesome because that means I can play the guitar badly ALL DAY (sorry roomie).
- I can sit up and take nourishment, and according to my grandpa, that’s the definition of good health. (I can’t quite leap tall buildings in a single bound, though…still workin on that one, grandpa!)
- My doctors have finally stopped harassing me to gain weight.
- I haven’t been admitted to the hospital all year (for the second year in a row :))!
What can I say? I still love ‘em. I was actually getting withdrawal symptoms from lack of contact with cats (since I rarely go home during the semester), so I started volunteering at my local animal shelter.
Best. Decision. Ever. Now I can play with as many cats (and kittens!) as I want to, every Friday.
7. My friends
I rang in 2014 with the same three people I spent the past two New Year’s Eves with, and I’m so thankful that even though we all go to different colleges, we can still hang out and have a blast together. I’ve formed new friendships this year, but I’ve also kept old friendships that I’m so lucky to have. How many people can say they’re still friends with their best friend from preschool?!
8. My first 4.0 semester of college
Straight A’s are something I took for granted in high school, but definitely not in college! This was my first semester taking classes for the Nutrition major, so they were far more science-y than my classes last year. But it was an awesome semester, and I GOT ALL A’s!! To me, that’s a pretty good indication that I’m where I belong major-wise Next semester I’m in for two chemistry classes, a physics class, two labs, and a philosophy class, but I’m still hoping to make this a trend!
To make next year’s thankfulness post even more awesome, I’m going to implement an idea I’ve seen circulating Facebook: keep a mason jar on your shelf, and every time something awesome happens, write it down on a slip of paper and drop it in. Then, review them all at the end of the year and see what an amazing time you had! My list for this year has a lot of big things, but it’s really the little things that count, so I love this idea.
And with that, I say farewell to 2013. Happy 2014, Friends!