So today happened to land on a major holiday this year. Independence Day. It’s kind of a big deal for everyone here in the States.
I thought it’d be an opportune time to stop and appreciate all the amazing things we celebrate today.
It’s easy to stop and celebrate our Independence. We get the day off, go out, watch fireworks, drink, party, have fun, and so on. For one day, we may remember the trials, the pain and suffering, the battles, and struggles it took to bring us here to present day.
I am fortunate to live in a place where we can take things like freedom and independence for granted. And with 195 sovereign nations in this world, I know freedom isn’t anything new for a lot. But for some it might be.
There are still over 3 billion people in the world who live on less than $2 a day, only 1% of people in the world have a college education, and if you make over $45,000 annually you are in the top 1% of the world. It blew my mind to hear these kinds of numbers.
And I’m not trying to be a “Debbie Downer” over here, I just want to point out that when we go out and celebrate something as simple as our independence, to truly practice gratitude.
Because not everyone gets to do things as simple as celebrating independence or even getting the day off.
This is an age where there’s violence on tv, in the news, on the internet, and everywhere we go. We have become largely desensitized to the real issues of the world, because we’re used to seeing it nonchalantly spread out in everyday life (and maybe that’s the point).
I am grateful to be able to have my immediate family nearby, I have a place to live, I have a working car, I have a job in an industry I want to be in, I buy groceries from PCC and Whole Foods, the yoga studio I like is 5 minutes down the street, I’m only minutes away from the city.
My main struggles in life are currently: getting stuck in traffic for 20-30 min. a day going to work, paying down my credit card bill, not owning a fan, and wanting a vacation.
This stuff may sound silly, that’s because it is. At least in terms of the bigger picture. And sometimes I have to remind myself of that because I easily get caught up in my day-to-day and spiral into mind games of self-pity and entitlement.
I read a quote from an article the other day about how they [the guy the article was about] can easily make more money later on in their life, but they will never have their 20’s back. So with that being said, I am going to make it an everyday practice to be grateful, stop getting caught up in my own head, breathe, and make it a point to embrace all the little things in life. Debt and all.
Happy 4th of July and Independence Day!
May your day be warm and filled with fireworks and fun.