5 Days of Gratitude Challenge – Day 5

Last day! Hooray!

  1. My orthotics and the ability to walk. This morning I had an interview in the DUMBO part of Brooklyn (lots of walking and train taking) and honestly, every time I’m out and about I’m so thankful for having orthotics and legs to carry myself with. About a year ago, I had tremendous pain in my ankles. I could barely stand, nevermind walk. I was very worried about it. I went to physical therapy for months and though my condition improved, the problem didn’t go away. My chiropractor recommended I see a podiatrist and it was he who discovered (after an x-ray) that I have something called an Osteochondral Lesion in both my ankles. This basically means that I have two small fractures (about 8 mm long, each) in the cartilage of both my ankles. I immediately thought I would need surgery, but luckily we were able to fix the problem by my podiatrist making me custom orthotics that now properly support my foot and ankle. I’m not supposed to walk barefoot often and must always wear shoes with proper support (even sandals. No flip-flops!). But it’s a small price to pay to be pain free and walk with ease 🙂
  2. I’m also very grateful for all the friends I have these days. Though the numbers may have dwindled over the years, I now find myself more confident and at ease with the people I now stay in touch with because I know they truly care about me, and I care about them too – very much. There are 5 I can immediately call to mind who are wonderful people to have conversation with, have a coffee or a drink with, and laugh and be silly with but still trust enough to confide in each other. I treasure them immensely.
  3. Lastly, I am grateful and appreciative of my ability to write music and play guitar. There are many days where words are not enough, and music has to come in and do the talking. I’ve always been indebted to my rich musical upbringing since I was a kid because it has taught me so much over time. Not only is it cathartic, but it can be so much fun sometimes. Some days I feel as though I’d be nothing without it.

5 Days of Gratitude Challenge – Day 4

  1. I can’t complete this challenge without mentioning music. But to be completely honest, I have responded to this question so many times for essays, scholarships, classes, etc. It’s kind of become rote at this point. I think the reason why Elvis Costello said, “writing about music is like dancing about architecture” is because it absolutely is. How do you describe the transcendent? You don’t, you can’t. Heinrich Zimmer famously said, “the best things can’t be told”. If you are a human being who is still alive and are reading this, you probably have many songs which have generated an emotional response for whatever reason; That’s made you feel electric and supernatural. So you know what I’m talking about. Music is the great connector and communicator, and it’s beautiful in that it is what it is.
  2. My sight. Granted, over the years it always seems to decline more and more, but I am so thankful I have it. The other night I was out playing an open mic a blind man came in to experience the show. It was very eye-opening (pun not intended) to witness. I found myself trying to put myself in this man’s shoes: Where did he live? How did he get here? How did he dress himself this morning? What did he eat for breakfast? How did he make it? At the venue, he ordered a tea or coffee and the waitress brought it over to him and had to show him where the table was to set it down on by bringing his hand down to it. He sat turned away from the stage and just intently listened. I found myself wondering how he would pay for his drink, how he would get home…Was he walking, heard the music, and walked towards it and that’s how he found this place? I found it difficult to put myself in his shoes because I couldn’t imagine not relying on my eyes to get me around and do things and go places.
  3. The sun. Sometimes sunshines just feels so good on your skin. I’m not a fan of tanning or anything, but sometimes it’s nice to go outside and just feel that warmth – even if it’s only for a short while. It might swallow our planet whole one day, but for now I’m okay with it 🙂

5 Days of Gratitude Challenge – Day 2

Forgot to post yesterday, so I’m playing a little bit of catch up:

  1. SLEEP. Sleep is a marvelous thing – a chance to recharge your batteries and wake up the next day energized and refreshed. What a blessing. A good night’s rest can make everything 100% better the next day. I’m a firm believer in getting a good night’s rest and would never trade it for the world! I slept wonderfully last night, and now I feel I can take on the day with joy and confidence. Never underestimate sleep. If there’s anything I’ve learned in 23 years, it’s that sleep is your friend 🙂
  2. My brother. I have a younger brother whom I adore. He’s 15, and he really is my best friend. He’s taught me so much about football, being a good big sister, and makes me laugh like no other. There definitely wouldn’t be as much incessant laughter and joking in my life if it weren’t for him. We giggle about everything. I don’t know where I’d be without him. He’s super talented in many ways (writing, trombone, conversing about big ideas) and loves news and sports. He really is the best.
  3. Somewhat relatedly, FOOTBALL. American football, that is. This is the first year I’ve started my own Fantasy Team and I’m so excited! And I know today is game day, so I will have to wrap this up rather quickly. A few years ago my brother taught me how to play Madden and from there I learned the rules of the game and fell in love with the sport. Although it is a new love of mine, I hope to enjoy it for many years to come.

Do you have a Fantasy Team? If so, who’s on it? Let’s talk stats, people!

5 Days of Gratitude Challenge – Day 1

My good friend Ashley nominated me for this 5 Days of Gratitude challenge via Facebook but because I’m a firm believer in not posting anything over “x” number of characters on The ‘book, I’ve decided to complete it here. (If you’ve clicked on this from Facebook, it also gives you more incentive to read my blog ;))

But anyway – Here it goes:

  1. I’m super grateful for my parents – and even that’s an understatement. Overall, they have been loving and supportive of all my post-college endeavors, even though I haven’t landed a job – yet! They encourage me in all my creative pursuits whether it be in baking, reading, or blogging, and without them I would be very lost. I used to think it was cool to be considered separate from parents but over the past few years I’ve begun to realize they are my biggest assets and my loudest cheerleaders. I will forever be grateful to their advice, humor, and support.
  2. I’m grateful for the ability to read and write. When you take into account the destitute and uneducated parts of the world, you recognize just how much you have to be thankful for. Sometimes I feel like such a spoiled brat having loathed going to school, especially in high school. Because I know there are kids out there who would jump at the chance to read a book or learn how to spell. It’s a shame what we take for granted these days. I was reading some Spinoza just before I began writing this. Imagine if I didn’t have that luxury, especially as a woman? It’s crazy to think about.
  3. Nonna. I will always be grateful that my Nonna is still with me and my family. The doctors and nurses who see her already admit she’s beaten the odds thus far. At 86, she definitely has her laundry list of issues and diagnoses but she is alive, well as can be, cognizant, intelligent. She’s practically sailed around the world emigrating back and forth from Australia, Italy, and finally the US. She survived World War II on the losing side (seriously, she has stories about living in some caves while being bombarded by the Allies). I happily care for her, cook for her, give her her pills, laugh, joke, and sing with her. She has a story for everything and helps me perfect my Italian. I love her very much.