Thankful For Good Memories, The Moon And Moments Of Love
It’s a powerfully intense emotional period of my life. I thought I knew loss, grief, exhaustion, fear, kindness and love but none of what I knew compares to this. I realise how difficult it is to look past the loudness, chaos and grey areas of your mind into the rays of daylight and be thankful for whatever is happening in your life. But I also realise that it is in the midst of the challenges you never saw coming and your most doubtful moments that you need gratitude the most. It’s the only way for you to keep moving – unscathed, and with the same grace in your step.
I’ve gotten into the habit of journalling recently and was flipping pages back to the Gratitude List I curated in October, in the 10 days leading up to my birthday, during a time when life felt completely different although my heart remains the same. It’s a breath of fresh air being reminded to look at the things that are good, to smell the roses and feel the salt of the sea.
More than the superficial, more than the sources of temporary happiness, these are 10 things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving :
1. I am thankful for the good health of my parents. I realise that life can be short and they’re getting older too. It breaks my heart the same time that it reminds me to cherish them, appreciate them, pray for them, and LOVE them always.
2. I am thankful for good memories that leave you in the wake of nostalgia. I am thankful for all the wonderful moments I’ve shared that relives itself in the form of dreams, and the feeling that comes with remain the same magical intensity. Nostalgia and melancholy I’ve learnt can break you, but they can also mend you, lift you. They’re the beautiful ghosts following you. Romanticise your life. I think we should live our lives bathed in good memories.
3. I am thankful for prayer. In light, in pain, there is a peace that I always go to. My faith has held me through my darkest and brightest hours. And I hope to pray as fervourly in my joyous moments as I do in my most hurtful ones.
4. I am thankful for words and language. I think it’s spectacular how words have the power to hold your hand, wrap you up in the warmest hug, break your heart and touch your soul all at once. I’ve always been a learner, I’ve always been a listener – and I think the beauty of language is something so sacred and tantalising. I hope to keep learning and creating powerful strings of words to heal and bring light to the people around me, and I hope they continue to fill my heart with life.
5. I am thankful for the moon and it’s phases. The sky turning and changing. The endings, the beginnings, the rising, the falling, the disappearing, the awakening. They remind me that more so than finding balance between the extremes, life is about creating it from where you stand. Forget about the starting, forget about the ending – the most important parts are in the in between.
6. I am thankful for all the things that I love. My thoughts while staring at the moon, my stories in paintings of warm afternoons, my daydreams of glittering chandeliers and faraway cities. All the tunes I go back to, my muse that I belong to. I am in love with this heart. I am in love with this life.
7. I am thankful for my travelling opportunities. I am thankful to have flown past timezones and various oceans to see foreign lands and great cultures that are so much bigger than who I am. I am so thankful that the doors have opened and these opportunities never forget me when they go on their way.
8. I am thankful for genuinity and kindness. Those times that there were no reason for people to be kind to you, but they were anyway. Those times that you thought love did not exist there, but they loved anyway. Those times that their concerns superceded your differences and adopted your joy and heart into their lives simply because they wanted to. Hold on to those people, hold on to those gestures; they will forever hold on to you.
9. I am thankful for friendships. The unexpected hands that lift you, the selfless hearts that save you. I’m realising that you can live a life filled with and surrounded by an overwhelming amount of love without having to be in love.. when you have good friends by your side.
10. I am thankful for the moments of love. Sometimes it’s unexpected confessions in the calling of dawn, sometimes it’s the hand holding onto yours that tries to carry half your weight, sometimes it’s feeling like you’ve found a friend you’ve been missing your whole life. Love exists even in the middle of a downpour. Love exists especially in the storm.
The common misconception about the idea of gratitude is that when you do appreciate each moment and person in your life and constantly thank and love them for it, you naturally think that it’ll hurt less when you lose it. But I’m learning that isn’t at all the case – You will still hurt, you will still be just as affected; the only difference is that through it, you feel peace. It’s a strange, cathartic feeling that cannot be described until you experience it but I think that’s all the more reason to practice thankfulness despite the inevitable heartbreaks of life. Give thanks to your struggles, give thanks to your condoning happenstances. I am thankful for the madness and beauty of this world and life.. for they make me the person that I am today ❤ Happy Thanksgiving!
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