"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough" - Oprah Winfrey
I've been meaning to share this on the blog for almost a week now, but I never got through to completing it because my emotions have been all over the place lately.
There are countless things in our lives to be thankful for. However, as human beings, because we often get so caught up in what we don't have, and because our lives may not necessarily be going in the direction we wish for it to, we overlook all that and miss out on what is really important. Because of this, many of us are very unhappy, angry, and just plain miserable.
This year I decided to make a few changes in my life. I wasn't entirely happy. I was upset with the world for way too many reasons. I hated the persons who did me wrong. I lost faith. I'm not afraid to admit all that. I'm not afraid to say I would cover it up with a smile, pretend everything was fine every single day. But, that was all because I was so focused on all the wrong things; things that didn't matter, things I shouldn't have allowed to break me. I would constantly beat myself up over mistakes, my imperfections, my failures. After many days of realising this is not how I wish to continue living, I finally decided that it was time to let go of all the negativity, all the hate, and focus on nothing but positive things. At the age of 19 I have accomplished so much, there are so many things going right, and for that I am extremely grateful. I have so many things planned out for my life, and I look forward to making them a reality through dedication and hard work. I have also realised the importance of family. They are literally my strength and my most loyal supporters. I can call on them for anything at anytime at all. I also realised how important it is to have real friends, the ones who are like family that stick by you through everything.
Unfortunately on January 5, 2014, I received a call that my aunt who has been battling cancer for a while now had passed away. My whole world turned upside down. However, through all this, I learned a lesson - life is precious and each day is a gift. That's why it is so important to enjoy every single minute you are here on this earth because you have no idea when it will be all gone. She was a teacher, a mother, an aunt, and one of my best friends. She did so much while she was alive and she has impacted my life in so many ways. I'm sure that there was so much more that she would have loved to accomplish because she was such an amazing woman who did just about anything and did it darn well.
Today I am thankful for her. I will keep moving, ensuring that I follow in her footsteps. I will strive to be a better person in everything I do, and most of all, I will be thankful for what I have and focus on what truly matters before it slips away. I encourage you to do the same.
|R.I.P. Aunty D|