22 Things my 22-Year-Old Self is Grateful For
People always talk about gratitude like it’s an easy thing to have. But it isn’t. I’m the kind of person who is always wanting more and always looking for the next best thing. It’s not a terrible quality to have, but it also means I can sometimes forget how far I’ve come and some of the amazing things I’ve done with my life. But there’s also the little things which I often forget how lucky I am to have. So I made myself a little list of all of the things I’m so grateful that I have in case my future self needs a reminder. I actually found this list incredibly hard to start writing, but as soon as I started, I realised how many things in life I have to be grateful for, this is just a handful.
1. My Family
Who I couldn’t live with out. No matter how different we are.
2. My Friends
Who inspired me with their ambition, their kindness, their open-hearts, their smiles, their supportiveness and their independence. I’m so happy to live such a joyful life because of them all. Thank you for keeping my heart full.
3. I could afford to go to university.
I’m grateful that I’m in debt because it meant I could go and get the degree of my dreams. It meant I could move out for three years and live on my own. It meant I could have independence.
4. I Work for Myself
There’s not many people who get to say this. No matter what my mood is on any specific day, I’m always so thankful that I get to do what I love every day. That I get to spend my time writing and taking photos. I may not be doing what I’m doing forever, but my God am I happy I’m doing it right now.
5. I am Talented
Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I’m a pretty darn good writer when I want to be. Talent is not something that we should shy away from and recognising that you have one isn’t being big headed.
6. The Amount of ‘Once in a Lifetime’ Experiences I’ve Had
Looking back at some of the things that I’ve down over the last couple of years were unimaginable to my 18-year-old self. I never would have thought that before I hit 25, I would’ve won an award (and been in the same room as Zoe Sugg!), interviewed actresses, writers and directors at a press junket and gone on an amazing press Game of Thrones press trip. I still can’t believe I’ve done all of those things.
7. My Growing Confidence
I was an unbelievably shy kid when I was growing up. And I was so quiet in primary school. So, so quiet. I couldn’t even talk in front of the class without my entire face burning up and my heart pumping. Heck, if you told my 15-year-old what I’d be getting up to now, she would probably laugh in my face and then run for the hills. But she would also be proud of me.
8. I Have a Roof Over my Head
Yes, my living situation right now may not be what I want, but I have somewhere to live that is warm, has a bed and is full of happy memories.
9. I Get a Lot of Things for Free
Who doesn’t like free stuff? Part of the nature of what I do means I get offered a lot of things for free. Because it happens so often (not bragging, just stating a fact!) it becomes very easy to forget how lucky I am to be in the position I’m in.
10. Having Furry Friends
I am most definitely a crazy cat lady and always have been. Moving away to uni, one of the hardest things was not being able to have a cat cuddle when I really, really needed one. I’m grateful I have them, even when they walk all over my laptop when I’m trying to work.
11. I Can Afford to Make Some Sustainable Switches
A lot of the time, more sustainable options are a lot more expensive than the regular stuff. For example, bamboo toothbrushes can be around £4 when you can get plastic toothbrushes for less than that. The same goes for toothpaste and moisturisers. That’s just how it is. Sadly, not everyone can afford to make every sustainable switch, so I’m very grateful that I can.
12. I am Happy.
Most of the time. Of course, there’s times when I feel very overwhelmed, stressed, tired and all of the other emotions that a human being goes through. But I’m very grateful to say that I live a very happy life.
13. I’m an Optimist
Always trying to see the good in any situation and focus on the positives is an ability I’m so lucky to have. Optimism is what gets me out of bed everyday.
14. I live in the U.K.
There’s a lot of privilege which comes with living in the U.K. There’s a lot of things that I have access to which other’s don’t. The U.K. can also be an incredibly beautiful country if you look in the right places!
15. I have a full bookshelf and then some.
I often laugh at the amount of books I have because it’s seriously out of hand, but I’m so grateful that I have them all because it means I have an education, space, money, time to read them, and relationships with publishers.
16. The People Who Didn’t Believe in Me
The amount of people who I trusted who told me that I wouldn’t make a living out of what I do and never make it is actually quite sad. But luckily I’m motivated by people who tell me that I can’t do something, so the more people who tell me I can’t do it is just adding more fuel to the fire. So thank you.
17. My Health
For the most part, I’m a very healthy person. Granted, I probably don’t look after myself as much as I could but I don’t have anything life threatening happening to me. That’s one of the biggest privileges of them all.
18. The Mistakes I’ve Made
I’m definitely not proud of all of the mistakes I’ve made in my life, but they have all taught me something that I needed to learn. I don’t regret anything that I’ve done in my life because they’ve shaped me to be the person I am today.
I would be out of a job without it!
20. To Have Ambitions and Goals
I have a hell of a lot of things that I want to do with my life , and I’m so happy I push myself. To put it bluntly, I’d feel lost and meaningless without them.
No matter how much we complain about it, we couldn’t live without it.
22. My imagination and creativity
I wouldn’t be who I am without it!
What about you, what are you grateful for?