Someone on my Facebook timeline (that does annoy me because of her positive attitude all of the time) posted this status today: “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” – and it’s true. I don’t recognize and appreciate what I do have often enough, so I thought today’s post would be about what wonderful things I do have.
Family – although I am not with them in South Africa, they are always one call, text, IM, Skype (anything!) away. I cannot speak more highly of my mother. When I am at ends wits ready to cry or complain that I have no one to listen to me, or be there for me – that is me lying, because my mother loves me and consoles me unconditionally. I have two wonderful brothers, who are nothing like each other. One, is kind and caring but also takes no nonsense. He is always ready to lend me a ear, but also quick enough to tell me to raise my chin and get on with it – which is also good, at times. My oldest brother has a 22 month old baby who is the light of my life and who, these days, I feel can only put on a huge, genuine smile on my face. He is a blessing.
Friends – I may not have many, and who would of thought the two that would be there the most for me, would be sitting here in South Korea with me. They are literally a call away, and always there for me. I have a best friend back home, and although she isn’t very good at talking about feelings, I know that we will be best friends for life. I can say that with utmost sincerity. Yes, I have lost friends along the way, ones that I thought meant something to me and that I had had for a good amount of years – but they’re gone for a reason.
Opportunity – My parents gave me the biggest gift and paid for all of my five years at University. I sit here today, debt free with a job that I could only have gotten with my degree. I am thankful to them. I also have the opportunity to live and work in a different country and experience a culture that still never ceases to amaze/surprise or shock me. I also have the opportunity to pay for and do my own postgraduate studies here in Korea.
My health and the health of others – I am healthy, and alive and so is everyone who has ever meant anything to me. I have never suffered loss and I am so thankful for that.
Nature – it is everywhere you go. Coupled with that, the ability to capture it.
And to end off – all of the basic needs – my parents were always able to provide for me: shelter, food, love and education. I am now able to sustain my own shelter, food and education as well as live independently on my own in this strange country.