I've spent the past 20 years of my life battling depression to various degrees of success. This is my story of being overwhelmed by the darkness and finding my way to happiness.

Gratitude

Today is my birthday. I am 40 years old.

As I slowly slide into this next stage in my life, from youthful excitement to middle age, and begin to seriously battle the illness that has taken so much from me, I feel like it would be a good time to sit down and give thanks for what has, so far, been a wonderful life. 

In our modern consumerist world, with constant exposure to advertising, social media telling us we're not as beautiful, successful or as happy as everyone else and reminders everywhere that we just need to buy a little more stuff to be happy, it's all too easy to focus on the things we don't have, the negative experiences and our own personal insecurities.

I once met a man who used to complain he didn't have enough money to buy shoes, until he met a man who didn't have feet. Occasionally reminding ourselves of the things we have to be thankful for is a powerful tool for resetting the mind and reframing our lives.

So here goes:

- I'm thankful to have met so many great people from all over the world. Each and every person I've met has helped shape my life into the amazing experience it's been.

- I'm thankful to be in good physical health, four working limbs and all my senses.

- I'm thankful for being given the opportunity to travel the world, visiting over 60 countries and 6 of the world's 7 continents.

- I'm thankful for being blessed with ginger hair.

- I'm thankful to have a loving, caring family and wonderful memories of the ones not with me anymore.

- I'm thankful for having a good childhood, free from abuse and loving parents that taught me right from wrong and how to live ethically without hurting others.

- I'm thankful for the opportunity to help others less fortunate than myself.

- I'm thankful for the amazing friends in my life. You've been there for me through the good times and the bad. I honestly don't think I'd be here without you.

- I'm thankful for realising that eating animals is wrong.

- I'm thankful for having a great job that I really enjoy that gives me enough money to afford a roof over my head, enough food to eat and everything I need in life.

- I'm thankful for being able to ride my bike everyday.

- I'm thankful for being born in a democratic country with (freedom of speech, the right to protest and a judicial system available to all.

So that's just a few things that I'm thankful for and help contribute to my amazing life. What are you thankful for?

 

 

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