Things I’m Grateful For

World Gratitude Day

Good morning world!

With World Gratitude Day, we celebrate one of the most beautiful holidays. Gratitude is something I absolutely need in my life. Even in the worst of times, I can always find things to be grateful for and I feel that this makes me a happier person. I’m aware that I have an easy life (if compared to people with severe illnesses or those living in poor countries), but we all know that silly first world problems can get quite big for us anyway. For example, I’m currently struggling to find out which MA degree to apply for and at which university. Having a choice like that is of course a luxury problem, but for me, it’s quite nerve-wracking at the moment because a huge part of my future is dependent on it. My dream would be to do an MA in translation. However, I have to be realistic and see that in my multilingual country, I won’t get far with English and French. The most secure thing to do would be to get a high school teaching diploma, but that’s not where I see myself for the rest of my life. I guess I need to find something in between. You see, it might sound silly to some, but the choice really is important for me

According to Days of the Year, the founders of Gratitude Day hoped “that by taking time, one day a year, to reflect on the many amazing things we have in our lives, it would positively impact our well-being and make us happier, more contended people.“ A beautiful idea, isn’t it? I really believe that gratitude is crucial to our happiness. When I’m down, it always helps if I think of some of the things I’m thankful for.

My Education

Education is the key to a (more or less) stable financial situation later in life. Education might also be the key to self-fulfilment, to a dream career or it might be the way out of poverty. Equally, a lack of education can have disastrous results. Thus, I list my education as the top thing to be thankful for. Although I’m not entirely sure about how to continue my education, I know that I have access to all universities in Switzerland. Luckily, the educational system in my country is one of the best in the world, there are almost no one-way roads anymore. Wherever you start and whatever you do, there’s always a possibility to learn more. Further, university access in Switzerland is affordable for (almost) everyone because the state supports those who lack the financial means.

Friends & Family

I guess this is something most people would put on a list like that. I know that not everyone has the support of his or her family, but most of us still have a bunch of good friends. I’m very happy to have both. Even though my family is small, the support I get from my parents is wonderful. They support my decisions without being afraid to state their own opinion, which might lead to my changing mine. Without my father, I wouldn’t even be at university now because I wanted to do an apprenticeship instead. Looking back now, this would’ve been a terrible idea. I love my studies and couldn’t imagine being an administrative office worker for all my life.
My friends are very important to me because they know me so well. Both my friends and my boyfriend know exactly how to handle me when I have a bad day, they know how to cheer me up and they’re always there when I need them. This is the most beautiful feeling ever.

The Ability to Dance

Anyone can dance, but not everyone has the ideal physical preconditions for it. Luckily, I do. Or maybe it’s not actually my genetics, but the fact that I have been dancing ever since the age of four. Dancing comes naturally for me because my body is so used to it, making it much easier to progress and learn new things. Interestingly, in 16 years of dancing, I haven’t ever had a serious injury (hoping it will remain that way!) and that is something I cannot take for granted.

My Health

Talking of injuries, I’m a very healthy person and I’m incredibly grateful for that. I have no mental or physical illnesses whatsoever (apart from the occasional twisted ankle here and there), which is a true blessing. Luckily today, the majority of young people are healthy, but many suffer from eating disorders, allergies or more severe stuff like cancer or mental illnesses. Health isn’t a given and just because modern medicine can cure many things, it still cannot cure everything. Therefore if you belong to those who are healthy, make sure you appreciate it.

The Country I Live In

Yes, I know that I have just recently uploaded a post that was a little aggressive towards Switzerland (have a look here if you like), but that doesn’t mean that I’m not glad to be living here. It’s true, I’m unhappy with many of the decisions my fellow citizens take, I’m unhappy with the way we treat those who are less priviledged and I’m unhappy with the pride many Swiss people take in their nationality, but I’m not unhappy to be living here. Switzerland does have flaws, and every country has these I guess. However, it also has lots of positive things, as for example the educational system (see above) and social/personal security. Furthermore, Switzerland is beautiful and versatile. I’m truly thankful to be living here.

This brings me to the end of my little gratitude list. Thinking about these things makes me happy, so if you need some cheering up, I suggest you write a list of your own!

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