I’ve realized a lot of things to be grateful for today. I’ve realized that I need to be grateful for all of the people in my life, whether they are friends and family that stand by me or people who have left my life for whatever reason, because even those people, the ones who leave, have taught me lessons that have made me the person I am today. I realized that I need to be grateful for all of the opportunities I have had whether they have been successful or not, because they’ve helped me live a life of “oh wells,” and “sweet deals,” rather than a life of “what ifs.” I’ve realized that being grateful for the life I get to live rather than wishing for an idealized version of the life I’d like to lead allows me to achieve the things I wish for. And most of all, I’ve realized that living a life with an attitude of gratitude gets me a lot further than anything else I could have ever imagined.
It’s something we wish for when we’re young, so that we can make better decisions. It’s what happens when we look back on our mistakes, and then try to prevent them in the future. It’s something we wish we could avoid when we get older sometimes, because it inhibits our ability to make the decisions that make life interesting, because we fear the repeated reckless outcomes of our past. It’s something of a double edged sword. It’s something that protects us from the things that may hurt us, but it can also hinder us from making the right choices because of how we interpret the wisdom it provides. And sometimes we cut ourselves, because we aren’t really sure how to use it. So live with perspective, but understand the differences between using it to live and using it cocoon yourself into a protective bubble of not really living. Live your life without regrets, but understand the different perspectives your past can give you.