After a sad week, funerals, and friends experiencing tragedy- I’m getting out of my funk with my Top Ten List of Reasons to Live.
I Want a Dumpster Baby has been rubbing off on me with her Things I Love Thursday posts. She always gets the right perspective. So I’m going to accentuate the positive and give it my own shot at practicing gratitude.
I’ve posted before about how good I have it– about not grasping on to the past. So here’s my list of what gets me up in the morning and out of bed- my cozy down comforter bed with the heated mattress pad. So it’s pretty cozy. These things better be worth it, right?
1) My kids– DUH. Of course. But even when they don’t wake me up first, I will get up knowing that when they do show their bright, shiny faces, it’s really what life is all about. If I get a fart joke or comment from the boy, and a silly impression from the girl, then already my day has started like an episode of Saturday Night Live (the good ones that you don’t fast forward through) and I can get on with my day.
2) McSweetie– not only is he really cute and has pretty eyes, he works so hard for this family. Ever since my pregnancy with Emma, he has planned and strategized how to keep me home with the kids. Not in a ‘barefoot and pregnant, keep her in the kitchen’ way. In a ‘I know how much it means to you to be a stay at home mom, so I will make this possible’ way. And when he pisses me off for his usual slobby ways (admit it hon, you’re a slob. What with all your beard hairs and tooth paste smears on the sink, blech) I just think how hard he works and that he puts me and the kids before his own wishes.
3) Furry friends- I have a love affair with cute kitty pics on the internets. It’s a little like an addiction. And yes, as much as I complain about cat litter and pet hair (good lord, I could knit a sweater!), my pets bring me so much joy and companionship. They really are little family members. I love them SO MUCH! The dog would snuggle me all day if I let her, and she and I make great couch buddies. She is next to me snuggled under a blanket while I write this.
4) My parents- I love my mom and dad! They are amazing people. I’m so glad they live 20 minutes from me and we talk or text or email every day. Any friend of mine that meets my parents are instantly in love with them. They have compassion, empathy, respect and understanding for just about anyone they meet. They work their asses off looking after each other, taking care of my disabled adult sister that lives with them, and doting on their grand kids.
5) My brother and sister- I don’t always take the time to reach out to my siblings. My brother lives in Chicago, and my sister is disabled living at my parents. My brother is 11 years older than me and growing up I thought he was cooler than cool. We would listen to Queen records in his bedroom and he got his license when I was still in elementary school, so trips to Baskin Robbins were super fun with big bro. He would take me to movies during the summers and I got to see all the cool stuff like Grease and Footloose (the original) before any of my friends did. My sister is very introverted, has almost a hermit-like existence. She has deteriorated some over the years and doesn’t take an interest in the kids as much as she did when they were babies. But she enjoys silly things like Twilight movies and the Royal Family and so I can always share our interests when it comes to pop culture and all things media. I remember as a little kid begging her to read my Peanuts books to me and we would spend afternoons watching Little House on the Prairie and The Brady Bunch together. Funny how memories mostly revolve around television in my years growing up!
6) My blog– I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this last year. Sometimes, it’s a bone of contention with the family. They think I spend too much time on it and ignore them. AS IF! But the community of readers and other bloggers is like a whole new family to me. Complete strangers have been so supportive of me and offering encouragement. I love hearing what folks have to say, and when it’s compliments- that just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Even the criticism, which hasn’t been much thankfully, nor have I been infected with a troll, but it still makes me think outside my comfort zone and keeps me on my toes. I’m always striving for improvement.
7) Caffeinated beverages- I love my warm cups of tea and coffee throughout the day. Period.
8) The school bus– Thank God I don’t have to wrestle the school parking lot to get my kids. Having the bus come in front of the house, or in my daughter’s case, down the street; is one of life’s major conveniences. The bus drivers for us have been very courteous and consistent rule enforcers. I appreciate them getting my littles to school and back. They make my life so much easier.
9) Whole Foods– Yes, I know. It’s Whole Paycheck usually. But since my plant-based diet months ago– I’m finding that getting my groceries at Whole Foods makes meal planning and shopping fun. I can find just about anything I need, organic, even local items, and there is always a vegan alternative. I space my trips according to our budget, and when I set aside the time to go, it’s like a special field trip and I take my time perusing the aisles. It really is a happy place for me.
10) My pastor– I have the coolest pastor. My church is a Lutheran church and we’ve attended the last 14 years or so. Despite being a church of the Missouri Synod, which could be ultra conservative and restrictive- we bend the rules a tad, and let women take on many roles in the church. He never makes us feel guilty if we miss a string of Sundays. He always has the right words to counsel with. And he never mixes politics with his pulpit. I appreciate his family, his extended family, and his views on the world. I always feel better hearing the Word from him.
So there’s my top ten. And I could go on. Which is good. What a blessing it is to know my list is longer than just 10 things!
Take inventory of your top ten. Embrace them. Tell people how much they mean to you. Live today with no regrets.