It’s finally here! The first of ten. 🙂 For those of you who don’t know, I’m doing a project of Ten Weeks of Thanks and you can join in the fun, it’s never too late and I’d love for you to get in on it! For those details, the original post is HERE. Last week I announced that the topic for today would be Physical Abilities. I spent the week trying to think about little things under that topic that I’m thankful for instead of just the big things I already recognize. It was hard. I had to work on really thinking about what I’ve been given and understanding that the normal is actually really extraordinary.
So here are my five:
I’m thankful I CAN READ.
It seems obvious to tie this to sight, but it isn’t just that I’m grateful for sight, but for what it gives me. I can read words. I can take in entire stories and lives and emotions and a single word never has to be said out loud, all because I can read. I can look at a book and understand lessons and assignments. I can write this right now because I know how to read. On any given day I take in so much written content, there’s no way to measure it. Books, scriptures, road signs, blog and Facebook and Twitter posts. It’s a simple thing- but there are so many people who never even get the opportunity to learn. And let’s be real- I don’t know what I would do if I had never read Harry Potter, or The Hunger Games, or Hattie Big Sky, or If I Stay, or Remembrance, or…or…or…
I’m thankful I CAN REMEMBER.
I just started college, so it’s not like I have decades of memories to recall. But the short amount of life I have under my belt has been amazing. It’s never been perfect- but isn’t that the point? EVERY memory is a lesson at the least. And I’m just thankful I can look back at all. What if as every day went by, it left us completely? What if tomorrow you woke up and didn’t recognize anyone or anything? I think that would be awful. I’m grateful for that part of the brain that stores all my happy times and stupid choices. I’m grateful that for now at least, it does a good job of keeping it all in there.
I’m grateful that I CAN DANCE.
Fun fact: There is more than one version of the Cotton Eyed Joe, and I can do two of them. I can also legit two step, macarena, chicken dance, electric slide, YMCA, cupid shuffle, do the Love Shack dance, I can jerk, Dougie, AND I know how to do the jitterbug. I also awkward 80s dance like a pro. That’s not to say I do all of them particularly well- or that I even do them right. But I can do them. 🙂 I can get out there and make a total fool of myself. I love to dance. More than a lot of things. I’m so glad I don’t have to worry about what I would do if I couldn’t bust moves and look ridiculous.
I’m thankful I CAN BAKE.
Random thing to be thankful for? Maybe. But homies, if you know me- you know I have to bake. Even if I don’t eat it. I’m totally cool with giving all of it away as long as I can stir it up, put it in the oven and decorate it. It’s a stress reliever thing. And there’s something comforting about knowing that no matter what- if you put certain ingredients together, stick them in the oven and watch them, you’ll get something good. Always. It’s also something that ties me to my Granny. Proof that she’s still with me because she taught me how to do it. That’s priceless.
And last- I’m so grateful I CAN WALK.
It’s something so obvious, but something I hadn’t really put much thought into before. Everyday I get up and walk around the house getting ready. I walk to my car. I walk up and down stairs to get to class. I walk around the grocery store to shop. I walk up the steps into church. And Tuesday, while walking to class, I saw a young man in a wheel chair, and I thought “What if that was me? What if I had to work through a million obstacles just to get to school in the morning?” And I was amazed at how happy he seemed. Those that can’t walk or are bound, even for a little while, to a chair or to a bed are a kind of strong I don’t think I could ever be. And that I don’t have to go through that, is something I don’t want to take for granted.
So that’s my list! Now it’s your turn to link yours up and share what YOU’re grateful for! Also, next Wednesday the project moves forward with MATERIAL POSSESSIONS.
What are five material things that you are grateful for?
And please, take a button!
You’re all amazing and I love the heck out of you.I can’t wait to see your lists, and hopefully see you back here next week. 🙂