As a means of kick-starting my path back to happiness, I've decided to embark on my own (scaled down) version of the infamous Gratitude Challenge. Despite the recent batch of cheating-boyfriend- lemons handed to me by Life, my spirit will not be broken! I will cheer up by recounting things I am grateful for! Over the course of 21 days!
Wait, 21 days, for real? That is a big commitment. I thought this was like a 4-day Facebook thing. I don't know I can stick with the full three-week regimen. But I guess there's no harm in starting....
One of the first activities suggested, after taking The Pledge, which I'm not taking because I'm not sure I want to do this for 21 days, is to use the alphabet to make a list of things I'm grateful for. Way to start off easy, Gratitude Challenge. 26 letters in the alphabet and I have to come up with something for each one that I'm grateful for? Well, here goes nothing and no worries if you get bored around letter N.
A - Antidepressants because they keep me sane and arguably saved my life.
B - Boston. I'm grateful for having gotten to live there for four years and for my friends there.
C- Cats, specifically this one:
D- (my) Dad. He's pretty swell.
E- Emotions and being in touch with them. Yes, sometimes I wish I could turn off my Big Feelings...but then I wouldn't be me.
F- Feminism. Duh.
G- Gonzo, my favorite Muppet. He's deeply in love with a chicken. Stay chaotic, my friend.
H- (my) hair, which is pretty easy to deal with. A lot of people hate their hair, or fret about losing it. Mine never really stresses me out. Anything that doesn't cause me anxiety = something I'm grateful for.
I- the Internet. Are you familiar? It's great! My friend Noah was once recounting to his mother his attempts to find a picture of matzo brei on the Web and she said, "There are pictures of matzo brei online?" And Noah said, "Mom, there are probably pictures of people having sex on matzo brei online." (note: a brief Google image search yielded no results, but that doesn't mean it's not out there somewhere. Different folks et al.)
J- Job, as in the fact that I have one (a lot of folks don't) and one that I actually like most of the time and pays me enough to live on.
K- Karaoke. Seriously, if I could be a professional karaoke singer....
L- Laughter. Few things feel better than a good belly laugh. I crack myself up fairly regularly, either because I'm a narcissist or because I'm funny. Jury still out.
M- the Master Singers, the choir I recently joined. My heart is happy when I am singing. Corny, but true. And my Mom, because she reads this blog and if I say I'm grateful for my Dad and not her, I will get an angry phone call. Also, she is a wonderful person.
O- Oprah gifs.
P- Poetry. Here's a poem written by a friend's four-year-old that pretty much sums it up:
I like poetry
It can be about ice cream
It can be about anything
I like poetry
Q- Quiche. It's one of my favorite comfort foods, far superior to omelets and much less appreciated.
R- RuPaul's Drag Race, aka the best show on television of all time, hunty!
S- Sleep. I take my sleep seriously.
T- Tough love. It's not always what you want, but it's sometimes what you need.
U- Ursula the Sea Witch, because she's the best Disney villain. So sassy!
V- Vaginas. They're neat, no? If everyone had a penis, well, that would be...problematic.
W- Wine. Duh.
X- X-rays, I guess, because yay science? Xerox machines also make my life as a teacher easier.
Y- You, dear reader!
Z- ....zebra stripes? Because they're fashionable?