Thursday, 15 January 2015

52 Lists - Week 5

As you probably know, I’ve decided to give the 52 Lists Project by Morrea Seal a go, and yes, I am incredibly late to this particular party! If you haven’t heard of it, the basic premise is that a list subject has been created for every week of the year, so each week you print off your list template, complete it and pop it in a folder. At the end of a year you will then have 52 different lists, which should tell you a lot about yourself. Yes, you are probably meant to start this project at the beginning of the year, but hey, when was I ever one to conform?!

This week I had a go at list number 5, which was asking you to list all the things you are grateful for, which I thought was a really lovely thing to do and is something I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time.

I actually think this is a really good thing to do on a regular basis – even if it’s just once a week writing down three things you are grateful for. It soon builds up and you realise you have so many things to feel thankful about, even if sometimes life can seem very bleak. I guess my list is fairly typical in a number of ways. I am grateful for my loving and supportive family and friends, having a roof over my head, food in the fridge and clean water to drink and I have grown up somewhere safe. I also tried to look at my health, which I very often feel disappointed with, but I think it’s important to find any little things that you can be happy about. Yes, I have a long-term genetic condition that is always going to make life more difficult for me, but things could always be worse. Most of the time I am able to get out of bed in the morning, even if it’s just to make it downstairs to the sofa. But I still get a change of scenery, and there have been times in my life when I have been bedbound for months on end. I am also incredibly lucky to finally have a diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. It might sound like a strange thing to be grateful for, but after spending 26 years being unwell and not having any answers, it is such a relief to finally have some understanding of what is wrong with me.

The EDS is also a blessing because it has made me who I am today. It’s introduced me to the most amazing group of online (and real life) friends, who I would never have met if I were healthy. It has made me appreciate the little things in life – feeling the sunshine on my face, being able to wash my hair, walking bare foot on dewy grass. There is so much to be grateful for in this beautiful world, but sometimes you just have to look a bit harder for it.

What words and phrases would be on your list for this week?
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