You feel fat from all the over indulgence over Christmas.
BUT ENOUGH MOANING.
My new ‘thing’ for 2013 is being grateful and it is all to do with a support group I have started on Facebook . Every day I encourage the people in my group to tell me what they are grateful for. I ask for 10 things (if they can manage it) that they are grateful for in that moment, but it’s OK to do less.
One of the guys in my group, let’s call him Bob for he will remain slightly anonymous (but if you’re in the group you will have seen this already). His posts are going to be the ones I see first every morning as he works nights. Bob has missed his calling. He writes so well! I absolutely love the list of things he is grateful for each day and the time he puts into it. He makes me go from wanting to cry to laughing my socks off. I relate to a lot of his particular reasons and in turn they make me grateful for my own situation.
Here are Bob’s things to be grateful for today:
1. To have known my parents. My mum passed away when I was 13 and my dad when I was 24. I am so grateful to have known them both. They shaped me in to the person that I am today.
2. My iPod. When I work nights, I sometimes struggle to sleep properly during the day. So, I sleep in a vacant bedroom on my own, with my iPod. Amongst others, I subscribe to Desert Island Discs and Radio 4’s Media Show podcasts – both of which are very dull, but they almost always succeed in making me sleep.
3. The ability to drive. I passed my driving test in July 1993 and it was the most incredible feeling of freedom I’ve ever known. The first car I owned was a Lada Estate, but let’s not dwell on that. I love driving. I love it so much and it’s a gift that I am thankful for every day.
4. 24 hour shopping. I’ve just been to ASDA at 11:30 at night to buy a sandwich. Thanks, America.
5. Norman Lancaster. Norman was my brass teacher at junior school. He was the person responsible for pushing and nurturing me which resulted in me being a part of the town band aged 10. My lips have all gone to shite now, so I can’t play any more, but I could listen to brass all day.
6. My Passport. My passport has to be my favourite book EVER. It’s allowed me to travel to such places as Portugal, The Canary Islands, Spain and Jamaica. It’s actually going to let me go back to the Canaries for 2 weeks at Easter. I love you, passport.
7. The Hidden Drink. The coffee machine in work has a secret drink that my friend Martyn found. It’s a number 84. It’s (probably) two espresso’s dispensed in one cup. It’s amazing and has become essential for getting me through my night shifts. Nobody on days knows about the secret drink. It feels SO special.
8. Facial Hair. I shaved for the first time when I was 13. I didn’t need to, but thought I’d give it a go. I cut myself to bits. I am grateful to be getting older because the older I get, the greater my ability to grow facial hair. I haven’t shaved since last year and I am currently sporting the kind of beard that tramps have in-between visits to the YMCA. Mine is grey and soft and in my head I think it makes me look like George Clooney. I’m grateful for my imagination, too.
9. Humour! Wow – humour. Why haven’t I thought of this before now? I love hearing people laugh. Seeing people smile is joyous. Sometimes, if I say something funny and people respond positively, it’s the biggest thrill. I’m no comedian, but I’m sure we all like that feeling.
10. Being able to cry. Crying is ace. Being able to release pent up happiness/frustration/anger is key to having a healthy mind. Some people physically can’t cry you know? Weird.