19 in 19: The Little Things

They say that the older you get, the less you want things and the more you want something you can’t hold or play with. I remember for my ninth birthday, I wanted lots of dolls. I had boxes of Barbies, houses for them to live in, entire wardrobes for them to change into, and even tiny little cups and plates for them to eat on.

These days, as someone who relates to the themes achievement, focus, and discipline (Clifton StrengthsFinder) what I want most it seems is just to feel accomplished about what I’m doing with my life.

But I’ve began to understand that no matter what I accomplish, I may never be satisfied until I appreciate what I have experienced in my nineteen years. The object of day fifteen is for me (and you) to stop and appreciate the little things in life. I’ve grown so accustomed to just powering through my days to achieve as much as I can check off the to-do list, and I’m tired of being tired.

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I’ve made a list of thirty things I need to appreciate more, and maybe you can relate to some of the “little things in life”.

  1. The smell of a candle
  2. Clean clothes (kind of a luxury in college)
  3. A charged device
  4. Fresh food (Again, a luxury at the moment)
  5. Iced water
  6. Cake batter or cookie dough
  7. Heated seats
  8. Ironed clothes
  9. Planning a schedule
  10. A good sweat after a workout
  11. Telling a joke
  12. Rain on the windowsill
  13. Clean hair
  14. Fresh sheets
  15. A cute baby (Just don’t make the mom uncomfortable with your staring)
  16. Your favorite song on the radio
  17. A message from someone you haven’t talked to in a while
  18. Getting a letter in the mail
  19. Sweatpants
  20. Fuzzy socks
  21. Fresh cut grass (Missing summer days)
  22. Efficient time usage
  23. Reading
  24. Sleeping in
  25. Waking up before the alarm goes off
  26. Hot pizza
  27. The smell of a bonfire
  28. New chapstick
  29. A good parking spot (trying to improve my timing and luck with this one)
  30. Feeling accomplished about something (I’m currently pretty happy with how this series has been going…)

 

Altogether, it’s important to notice things like sweat and new chapstick, and today I am appreciative of the little things in life.

Thoughtfully yours,

Madeleine

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