It’s the first day of spring! My mood has been slowly creeping towards the positive with the fresh smell in the air and the gradual increase in temperature, and now spring is finally here! I’m celebrating it by making resolutions I probably won’t keep, but also by following on from last month and starting September in a positive way, with a gratitude post! I want to kick this month off with a list of ten things that I am grateful for. I challenge you to do the same thing, whether in your diary, here in the comments or on your own blog or facebook page.
Without any further ado, today I am grateful for:
Yes, I know I kind of said this already, but I love spring. It fills me with hope and a yearning to be outdoors. In my mind it’s all flowers and lazy bees and warm days that aren’t too hot yet.
I may not get there every day and it can be stressful as all heck, but I adore my colleagues and the work I do can be really fulfilling. It can also be silly and trivial and you wonder why some people think that they need a lawyer to sort it out, but the feeling when a terrified women walks out of court with a piece of legal protection she didn’t have before, or a confused man who had no understanding of what he could do suddenly has a clear pathway to follow, and you gave it to them? That’s pretty good. It’s those moments that really make it for me, when people are staring at this confusing, tangled legal pathway and you can just go, “Here’s what you do,” and they suddenly have a clear path to follow.
3) Dr Edi-Osagi
I mentioned last week that I had an appointment with the good doctor via Skype. More recently I received his reporting letter about the appointment, and I nearly cried. He included every detail I told him about my pain, laid out a clear treatment plan, and noted that my quality of life is low. I’ve never had a doctor do that for me before in such detail, or draw such a conclusion. I didn’t even tell him I thought I had a low quality of life; he examined what I told him and drew that conclusion for himself. It was the most validating experience and I have never felt so listened to or supported by a medical professional before, even if it turns out down the track that he won’t be able to assist me.
4) My animals
They are such a constant source of joy for me. Every morning when Pearl comes out of her bedroom (the laundry) she does a little butt-wiggling stretch and then shoves her head into my chest for a cuddle. When we get home from work, she dances around us with her silly little corgi paws all over the place, doing that thing dogs do where they really want cuddles but are too excited to stand still for them.
Every day Max jumps up on the sofa to sit with me or on me and looks at me with that perfect ginger face, and purrs like a little steam train. Each morning when I get up he throws himself dramatically down at my feet and rolls around on his back for tummy scratches. He’s impossibly cute and I love him.
5) My mum
Pretty much as soon as she got back from her overseas trip she was right back into the swing of supporting and helping me in every way she could. From walking me and the dog to bringing me my microwave (which had been living with her) and just straight up emotional support, she is pretty much the bestest.
6) My husband
He works so hard and still finds the emotional energy to support and help me and the physical energy to walk the dog, do the bulk of the housework and keep fit and healthy. He’s superman. I don’t know how he does it. He also makes the most amazing meals.
7) Small luxuries
This morning I had fresh berries on my cereal. Tomorrow night I’m going to have a long relaxing bath with a face mask. Yesterday I burnt my coconut Dusk candle and basked in its tropical smell as I made a really cool calendar page for September in my bullet journal. This morning my dress has this little bit of tulle just at the base of the skirt and it feels so fancy.
8) Snails having baths
Just google it. It’s adorable. It made my heart sing this morning.
9) The Llandor Trilogy
My sister and I read this series of books about fifteen years ago, but over time we forgot what they were called. We couldn’t even really remember the plot, just random elements; a boy and a girl get sucked into a fantasy world. The girl wants to be a hairdresser. The boy wants to work in IT. They had adventures including a banshee in an underground cave, rock giants, and a black mage that the girl accidentally killed by shoving him off a cliff, except maybe he didn’t die because he could turn into some sort of bird of prey (but we couldn’t remember what). We tried every google combination we could think of over many years, asked facebook friends, tried Yahoo Answers, and eventually, exactly one year ago today, we finally hit on the right google combination and discovered that the books were the Llandor Trilogy (and that there were actually three children, not two). It was quite possibly the single most cathartic experience of my entire life.
I’m going to celebrate by reading the series again, starting today.
10) This blog and you, my lovely readers
I never actually thought anyone would read this blog. I thought I’d write for a while with maybe 2 followers, then get bored and stop. Instead, 2 months after starting it I have 41 followers. It may not be many in the grand scheme of internet pages, but I am incredibly grateful for each and every one of you and you are the reason I will continue writing. It tells me that there are people who are interested in endometriosis and that it is worth writing about. So thank you, my wonderful people. I hereby commit to a giveaway of some sort when we reach 100. I’m working on ideas (but feel free to drop some more in the comments).
So what are you grateful for today? What little things have made your heart sing? Are you excited for September?