One of the things that I have come to appreciate a lot is the importance of gratitude. Recently, I have practiced gratitude a lot more and upon reflection, there are things I am extremely grateful for. I wanted to dedicate this blog post to talk about the things I am grateful for, and hopefully some of the things I talk about are things you can relate to as well.
Having a secure job
As some of you may now, I finished university this June, and I started my first full-time job in September. In other words, I was fortunate enough to get a job straight out of university. The job market is such that it is panic among graduates and fellow job seekers when it comes to finding jobs at the moment, as there are less jobs that are being advertised and the jobs that are being advertised are more competitive than ever before. Furthermore, I get to go in the office twice a week, so I get the face the face interaction which is so useful when it comes to starting a new job and building relationships. The fact that my actuarial career is underway at a company which has a fantastic culture is something I am grateful for, especially in times like these.
Amazing family and friends
I am particularly grateful for this as I know that not everyone has this. I have been around my family pretty much 24/7 recently, and I am so lucky that they have been so supportive and trusted me with the freedom to do the things I want to do. We have also watched movies and played games as a family which has been a great way to spend time (although sadly my brother wins most the time we play games!). Furthermore, I have been able to maintain some brilliant friendships with some wonderful people, and I honestly feel that I have friends that give me positive energy and help me become the best version of myself. I love the fact that my close friendships are friendships that have happened naturally and haven’t been forced. I really enjoy keeping in touch with my friends and chatting via zoom and face to face when possible, and I want to say a big thank you to my family and friends for being awesome.
Knowing that I have things that I can look forward to
Lately, I have done a lot of things that I have looked forward to doing. For example, Zoom calling and meeting friends to face to face is one thing I have done on a regular basis, and I have looked forward for every Zoom call or face to face catch up with a friend. Furthermore, as mentioned before, I have also had the opportunity to work in the office twice a week, which is something I enjoy and actually prefer over working from home. Now all of this is easy to take for granted. However, the point I want to make here is not everyone is lucky enough to have lots of things that they can look forward to. Let’s take the things I have mentioned above as an example. Although I have great friends that I look forward to catching up with, some people aren’t so lucky with friendships for whatever reason. Moreover, I am grateful to have the option of going in the office, some people would love to work in the office but they can’t at the moment.
Having things to look forward helps massively with your mental health and wellbeing, and help you get through a hard time. But some people’s situations are such that they don’t have many things that they can look forward to. This could be due to reasons such as being in an abusive relationship, financial problems, poverty, job insecurity etc.
Having hobbies that help me learn
If someone had asked me what my top 3 hobbies are, I would say that they are blogging, reading and socialising with people. What I love about these hobbies is that each hobby presents me with learning opportunities. I learn useful time management skills from writing blogs (as I am currently balancing writing blogs with a full-time job), as well as how to be creative when it comes to writing blog posts. I learn a lot of useful things that help me with my personal development by reading books and articles, and the people I socialise with indirectly encourage me to constantly learn and become the best version of myself. The reason I am grateful for having hobbies that help me learn is that it allows me to develop as a person, which as a result helps with my wellbeing and happiness. Having a good level of wellbeing and happiness is probably the most important thing in life, if you aren’t happy then it will affect other aspects of your life. Therefore, you should highly value the things that help you with your happiness, and for me, hobbies that help me learn is one of them.
What are you grateful for? Comment in the comment section below!