I always knew what day it was when I woke up in the morning. The minute I opened my eyes I would run through my head what I had planned for the day. Then I would go make something warm to sip on while I read a chapter or two or pounded out a couple pages for my book.
It’s been a long couple months of sleepless nights, groggy mornings and days that melded into one another. I have to confess though when I wake up now, I have to think about what day it is. Usually I do that by recalling what I did the day before and only then will I figure out what day it is. At least I can still remember things.
When thinking about taking things for granted, we may look at our friendships, our health, and maybe even the roof over our head. I know there are more than that, and that each person is different so I kept the list to just a few. I never knew the intensity of taking things for granted until my daughter’s life was turned upside down. I wanted to be there for her, to help her the best I could. This meant being by her side for the most part, and forgetting about my responsibilities. I would like to slip in here something I am grateful for and that is my husband for understanding that I needed to step aside and he let me do just that.
Things I would not have thought of when taking things for granted:
Planning anything. I’m talking about planning the next hour, or day.
That I would always care what I looked like heading out the door.
My desire to want to cook.
My speech and loss for words.
Losing things we take for granted doesn’t have to be the end. Wanting something bad enough gives you the motivation you need to get there. For me the first thing that I wanted back was how I looked when I walked out the front door. I took taking care of myself for granted. I never thought in a million years I would lose that mindset but I did. I would like to add, I didn’t realize I wasn’t taking care of myself. It was the constant reminders from my sister and my friends that it finally kicked in.
I am starting to plan my days and even weeks out. It feels good. In February this year I had started to plan out the entire year. Buying up tickets and making plans to go places in and around town. I am grateful for being able to do so many things and to enjoy it all. I wonder once the new year comes if I will make it another year of YES. I’m pretty confident that YES I will.
As sucky as this year has been, I have learned a lot and I embrace the many great memories I have had with family and friends.
Looking forward to kissing this year goodbye and welcoming 2017 with open arms.
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