Try, Try Again (#33)


Today I’m grateful for…

  1. Good meetings with my advisor
  2. Friends that encourage my best self
  3. 1:1s with my Peer Mentors
  4. Christmas with my Grandparents and the Macy’s sweaters my Grandma would always get my sister and me
  5. A clean office and an empty email inbox
  6. My coworkers! Especially in Kennedy Tower
  7. Time at the gym
  8. UMass Dining and sushi
  9. Morning meditation
  10. My cat, Ned
  11. Good parking
  12. Watching The New England Patriots with my family
  13. Trying new things
  14. Old man basketball on Wednesday with my dad
  15. FaceTime with friends
  16. Listening to old music with a new ear
  17. People who are on time
  18. What patience brings
  19. My journal
  20. Walks around the pond with my Grandma
  21. Spotify Discover Weekly
  22. The sunshine and the rain
  23. A healthy life
  24. This very moment

As always, check out my first blog, 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.


Featured image from a tough morning. I remember leaving my building around 4am to catch “the perfect sunrise” and all we found was the fog. I remember being so disappointed. I was already having a tough couple of days mentally and this didn’t meet my expectations. In the fog, we found a lone surfer. He was taking on the cold and unforgiving waves from what we could barely make out. Again and again, he fell into the water, only to get right back up. Life isn’t meant to be a constant wave back to the shore. There will be times you fail and times you have to pick yourself back up. The ocean, this planet, is full of life and opportunity. Finding ourselves in the middle of all of it can be difficult and overwhelming. Take it one day at a time. Be patient and recognize you’ve come so far. Think back to your very first-day’ surfing’ and how much you’ve improved. Even if you haven’t met your goal quite yet, you can climb back on the board and keep trying. 

Author: Jacob Ames

Feline father, perpetual graduate student, sport enthusiast, pancake expert, and gratitude writer. Using this blog to keep my life organized and to develop a platform I can one day use to share baseless conspiracy theories about the robot uprising. I enjoy writing!

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