In honor of Turkey Day, I decided to do a Thanksgiving-themed post. But not just the generic post you’ve seen floating around all week. You know, the one where people pour their hearts out about how thankful they are for their friends, family, and of course, dog. Nah, I’d probably fall asleep writing that and you probably wouldn’t even make it past the first cheesy line.
Instead, I decided to think of 15 random, weird things in my life that I’m grateful for. These are things I don’t usually think much of, but I’m glad they’re in my life for one reason or another.
1. FUNCTIONING EYES
Anyone who knows me knows that I have eye problems up the wazoo. Since August, I’ve only been able to wear my contact lenses sparingly. On top of that, I’m on a steady path to becoming legally blind. Every year my prescription worsens and at this rate, I don’t want to know where I’ll be in 5 years. But (and there always is a but) this just makes me so much more grateful for having 2 functioning eyes. They may not be perfect, but they work, and that’s something we all seem to take for granted.
2. MY FAILURES
Yes, I’m grateful for all my failures. Whether that be bad test grades or rejections or even getting pulled over for speeding the other day (yes that happened…) they have gotten me to where I am today and will be stepping stones for where I need to go.
In regards to getting pulled over: I was cruising back to college early one morning and didn’t realize I was going quite a bit over the limit. There were no other cars on the road! Somehow, someway, miraculously the cop let me off with a warning, and even though it was such a scary experience, I am so glad it happened. Since then I have not gone even a touch over the speed limit (cars actually pass me left and right now) and I really just needed a wakeup call.
(BTW – I didn’t just randomly get a 33% on a test. My history teacher was dropping the lowest quiz grade and I already had all A’s, so I just didn’t study for this…)
I’m Irish. Need I say more?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Libraries are God’s gift to humanity. Whoever thought of having a collection of books that the public can borrow and return for free was a genius. Reading is so nourishing for the mind and a silly thing like money shouldn’t hinder anyone’s desires to feed their soul.
The concept is still so revolutionary to me. We go to a building, select any book we want (out of thousands!), take it home, read it, bring it back, and then start the whole process all over again. All without paying a penny. Ugh I love it.
A lot of you ask what books I read and I am about to start a biography of Marilyn Monroe. I really don’t know anything about the gal so I’m interested to learn more.
5. CORN ON THE COB
I’m just gonna say what we’re all thinking.
Corn on the cob is good.
I actually didn’t become a tea drinker until my freshman year of college. As a matter of fact, I had never so much as tasted a drop until then. But with early classes, late-night paper writing, and partying in between, I needed to find a way to stay awake and be a human during the day. Many people naturally suggest coffee, but I don’t know. I think of coffee as more of a treat (even when I drink it black). It’s just not as natural as tea and I always swore I’d never turn into a “coffee drinker.” Every once in a while is okay.
So for now, I’m sticking with my tea. Green is what I have 95% of the time (it’s great for your metabolism), but lately I’ve been switching it up with chai.
7. BEAUTIFUL VIEWS
I’m not talking about the views I see when I go to the countryside of Ireland or when I’m on the island of Turks and Caicos. No, I mean the beautiful views that I pass each and every single day. The ones I take for granted.
I go to one of the most beautiful colleges ever, yet I walk to class with my head down, texting on my phone. What. the. heck? I’m surrounded by gorgeous trees and landscaping and even a view of the Hudson River and I take it all for granted.
Even if you don’t go to a college known for its aesthetics, I can guarantee you can find beauty on your everyday path. I took this picture on the way back from the nail salon the other day:
By normal standards, it’s not really anything special. If you were passing it, you normally wouldn’t even think to take a picture. But when I look at it and see the contrasting colors and details I see it really is beautiful.
8. LAUNDRY PODS
Anyone who does laundry in college feels me on this one. Lugging everything to wherever your laundry room is such a pain. Luckily for me, mine is conveniently located about 8 minutes from my house, down a total of 9 sets of stairs. It’s a lot of fun. The last thing I need is to carry a giant bottle of detergent with me, so these little laundry pods are a game changer. I would like to find the man who created these fine things and give him a nice, firm handshake.
9. FEET THAT WORK
I am always injured. It is a fact. Ask anyone who knows me and they will say that I am the most clumsy person you will meet. I really don’t know why, but I just am.
In the past year I have gotten a number of injuries that have not only left me in an extreme amount of pain, but also quite debilitated for a bit.
One of the worst occurrences was when I wiped out in my kitchen and injured my big toe. You might not think that your big toe is an important part of your anatomy, but I’m here to tell you IT IS.
For about a week I legitimately could not walk. When the doctor gave me crutches I thought all my problems were solved, but I soon realized that crutches are the devil. They are SO hard to use, require the use of muscles that I didn’t even know existed, and make your armpits so sore.
Long story short, my mom ended up renting me a golf cart so that I could get to and from my classes. A little embarrassing? You bet. But I would have done anything to not have to crutch 15 minutes to class and back.
I love a good sandwich. There’s just nothing better. (Eh, actually that’s debatable because what about salads…)
A year ago I was totally anti-sandwich. They simply didn’t appeal to me.
Then I got a panini maker.
And then I worked at a deli.
And the rest is history.
My go-to at home: Grilled chicken & Italian dressing on 2 slices of whole wheat bread pressed in the panini maker.
I’m pretty grateful for jumpsuits. Yeah, my brother says I look like a clown in them, but I’m comfy so I’m happy. And I even have photoshoots in them.
12. PICTURES THAT MAKE ME SAY “WHY”
I live for the mornings I wake up and see an array of weird, crazy, questionable pictures on my phone (which, lets be real, is every morning). Like in this photo I really don’t know what I was trying to do, especially considering I can’t twerk….so……all I can say is, “WHY?”
13. HIGH HEELS
There are some outfits that are just not complete without a pair of killer heels, so on behalf of me and those outfits, I am thankful for high heels. To be honest, I’ve only worn this pair once because of the amount of pain they put me through, but on that day I did wear them I’ve never gotten so many compliments. JUST SAYING.
14. NICE SMELLING THINGS
I just love smelling nice, ok??? Seriously though, I can’t leave the house without having on a nice lather of scented lotion or a few spritzes of my favorite perfume. Good smells make me happy.
As you can see I’m running quite low on my all-time favorite (and first ever) perfume, Daisy.
15. CUTE SOCKS
I don’t want to live in a world without cute socks. These are one of my faves and were given to me by my friend, Carly. They have cute little foxes on them, which is appropriate considering the fox is my school mascot.
Cute socks might seem pointless considering no one sees them, but I don’t care. I see them. I know they’re there. I love them. (I feel the same way about underwear and would have given “cute underwear” its own separate piece, but I didn’t want to have to photograph my undies. Lol.)
So there you have it. 15 odd things I am glad are in my life.