Today I must have journaled for hours. I walked the mile-long pier and found a bench staring straight into the endless horizon. I sat in awe of the mighty current as the wind whipped across my face. I struggled to keep my page as the wind engulfed my entire being. With what felt like the promise of the storm, I decided to walk halfway back to the mainland and found some cover. There, I sat and reflected on this past year. It was almost a year ago to this day I was moving into UMass and starting my first year of graduate school. Life was different then. I was different then.
I’ve learned a lot over the course of the year. I’ve made a lot of mistakes and encountered challenges I wish I handled differently. Having the time to journal and reflect on these things helps me be grateful in a different way. I’m grateful others have shown me patience and compassion. I’m grateful to be given support when I needed it the most. Holding myself accountable is important to me. Taking a hard look at my imperfections doesn’t make me a perfect person, far from it. My goal is to learn from these mistakes and when looking back, I’m grateful for these lessons I learn every day.
Today I’m Grateful For…
- The sound and smell of the ocean
- My journal
- Vinyl music with my parents
- Square-dance classes
- Buffalo chicken and Patriots games
- Classic movies
- Monopoly nights
- A couple of deep breaths
- New music Friday on Spotify
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- My brothers in Sigma Pi
- My audiobooks
- Dream Team meetings with Jess and Carley
- Tattoo stories
- My teammates and good coaches
- West coast In-N-Out Burgers
- Learning new things
- Good news
- Driving through the Pacific Northwest
- Lessons about leadership
- A clear sky
- Morning runs to the train station
- Holding hands
- Sleeping in
- Right here, right now
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 my time in Southend today. The walk to the pier, the time by the water, it all mad for a great day.