Big Thank You

Nov 30, 2012 by

Big Thank You

As I was walking down the street from my house I have realized what a lucky young man I really am. The gorgeous, warm weather and the slow summer breeze made everything even better. I started thinking about my life and where I have come so far. When you plan from the beginning it feels so long but when you look back at your plans from the end it feels so short.

I knew I was not a millionaire, didn’t have a mansion and a couple of exotic cars parked outside of it but I knew I was happy with my life and with myself – believe it or not that was good enough.

At that moment I knew that everything that is happening to me is not good or bad it is just an experience. The way I interpret events are either good or bad but in its purest form it is just an experience. My birthday party and an officer giving me a speeding ticket are both experiences which I can gain something from. At the end of the day it is all about learning and growth and that is what every experience presents in itself.

Then I thought about my parents and how lucky I am to have such amazing parents. I considered myself really lucky because of that unique combination that only happens once out of a million times. My father being a brilliant man, inspiring speaker, amazing doctor and an overall good man and my mother being a compassionate, understanding, caring woman who has gone through so much yet stayed as loving as she is to this day.

I have realized how lucky I am to have all the great people around me that I can always learn from: My grandfather who is an awe-inspiring writer, my mentors at school and work who are not just there to teach for the sake of teaching but become joyous from sharing knowledge with others, my friends who are pursuing different goals in their lives and go through different experiences than I am.

When an opportunity presents itself I go for it. If I fail I learn and don’t frown even once, and if I win then I don’t get too excited but feel grateful for a new accomplishment.

Life is so vast and nobody can really understand it fully. There are so many things to learn and so many things to experience. There are so many books to read and so many new people to meet and learn from.

It was at that moment when I was walking down the street still thinking about my life I felt this urge to be thankful to somebody. I didn’t know to whom I wanted to be thankful but the gratitude was pouring out of my heart. And then I said it to myself, “Thank you”. It was a big thank you that was directed towards everything and everybody, towards every experience that I have ever had whether it gave me pain or pleasure. It was towards life and chance, towards something that was bigger than myself.

I was still walking down the street and I felt so euphoric and energized with life. I was grateful for my existence and for having my little part in this vast never-ending story.

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  • JTomlinson

    This was a very optimistic post. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  • Viola

    Have you seen this study?
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3122271/

    It’s kind of a dense read, but basically it says that gratitude increases overall well being. I’ve read other things by these professors, and they’ve found that regularly recording experiences of gratitude will make you a happier person overall, and make you better able to handle stress!

    • InnovaTonic

      That’s a very interesting read, I will definitely check it out :) Thank you for sharing!