Saving Myself (#197)

There have been a lot of times in my life where I’ve needed help. I’m a huge proponent of using one’s support system and reaching out. Today, that’s not what I needed. Being here in England away from my friends and family means there’s only so much they can do when I have bad days. That means it’s up to me to be my own hero in this story and I think that fact is empowering.

We can all be the hero of our own story. One of my friends reminded me of an all-time favorite quote from Bruce Lee.

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”

I’m grateful I’m here in England. I’ve been lonely and work isn’t ideal but I’ve learned so much this summer. I’m exactly where I should be and I have the Universe to thank for that. I just have to remember to take it one day at a time.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Pleasant Surprises
  2. Calls from home
  3. Walks outside
  4. The warmth of the sun
  5. My own growth
  6. A different perspective
  7. Friends from home
  8. Teammates and coaches
  9. My education
  10. New Experiences
  11. Clean water
  12. Good food
  13. Family board games
  14. The sound of waves
  15. An empty email inbox
  16. Game of Thrones Sundays
  17. Fall foliage
  18. Hope
  19. My time in Cambodia
  20. Trying new things
  21. Peanut Butter
  22. Good music
  23. Catching the sunset
  24. Nature
  25. The present 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 of a beautiful painting I came across online. The colors remind me of my love and gratitude for the rain. 

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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