17 1/2 Reasons to Keep on Living

  1. The sound of my husband’s breathing as he sleeps next to me.
  2. The feeling of sand between your toes on the beach.
  3. Standing in the shower and letting the warm water cascade over your body.
  4. Birdsong first thing in the morning.
  5. The smell of fresh cut grass on a summer afternoon.
  6. Biting into a pippin apple and letting the sweet, tart taste fill your mouth.
  7. Watching a child’s eyes light up as they open a present.
  8. The touch of my husband’s hand on my shoulder when I’m afraid of what the future holds.
  9. The taste of popcorn at the movies.
  10. The glow of candles in the darkness.
  11. Clothes picking up the breeze on a clothesline.
  12. Miles Davis.
  13. Recalling your first kiss.
  14. A kind smile from a stranger.
  15. The sight of a green shoot rising from a crack in a sidewalk.
  16. The jingling noise my cat’s collar makes as she pads around the house.
  17. A day when I forget to care that I don’t know who I am or what I’m doing.

17 ½. The sound of rain pattering on the roof.

Sunshine Mugrabi is the author of “When My Boyfriend Was a Girl,” which The Advocate called a “must read.”

Photo credit: © Jorge Royan / http://www.royan.com.ar, via Wikimedia Commons

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