Exactly a year ago, I had an epiphany. I’d been complaining to every single one of my friends who would listen about how old I was because I was turning 23 (gasp!). I guess age does bring wisdom, because in the early hours of the morning when it became the 26th of March, I realized that I was thinking about it the wrong way.
I was lucky to be 23. So many people in the world aren’t fortunate enough to make it to that age, so who was I to moan and complain about something good?
Although I didn’t understand it then, I’m beginning to understand now why I was so distraught. I’m already 23, and I what have I done with my life? I don’t even have a book published yet, for heaven’s sake! That’s what was seared into my subconscious a year ago.
The truth is, I’ve done plenty, and I have time to do so much more. I wasn’t ready to have a book published a year ago. My writing’s improved drastically since then.
I believe in fate. I believe everything happens for a reason. I believe in the Law of Attraction.
This is why, I want to list 24 things I’m grateful for:
- My family (parents, sister, kitty, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, everyone)
- Growing up never wanting for anything
- Growing up in the Bay Area
- Having a college education
- All the places I’ve been able to travel to throughout my life
- That I’m in good health
- That I have things that I’m passionate about
- That there is still beauty in the world
- That there is still wonder in the universe
- Meeting so many incredible, talented, and kind writers at the SF Writer’s Conference
- How simultaneously small and huge the world is
- My laptop
- All the experiences through my life that have made me who I am today
- Super Junior (this had to be 15 for the 13+2 members)
- My job
- Adobe Master Creative Suite CS6
- How easy it is to keep in touch with people all over the world (I can Skype or FaceTime with my grandparents in Mumbai!)
- Being able to love, appreciate, and adopt other cultures
- Being able to speak multiple languages
- That the world is filled with music and art
- The freedom to choose what I want to do with my life
- Being alive