I grew up comparing myself to others and wanting new clothes, shoes and all kinds of trivial stuff every single week. I remember I’d grab a CD at every trip to Carrefour and my dad would drive us to the mall on the way back from the country club on Sundays. I collected shopping bags, cosmetics, shoes and stationary items just for the sake of possessing new things and feel less “behind” my friends and classmates. I was never satisfied with what I had and always wanted and asked for more.

What do these childhood memories have to do with gratitude?

Well, at age 33, I can finally look back and realize how I took my life, my family and even my clothes for granted. Instead of appreciating what I had, I never felt I had enough and did not even consider the sacrifices my parents went through to provide not only the basics but also my spoiled kid demands. Because I was not thankful to them, I felt miserable even though I received privileged education and wore branded clothes.

Today I can still afford some of my childhood luxuries but the difference is that I value every single item I own. I can affirm I live a simple and happy life, thanks to my parents who:

  • Invested on my education so I could choose where to work
  • Provided home and food so I could grow healthy and strong
  • Sacrificed their own dreams for my sister and I to pursue our own dreams
  • Taught me that developing an independent thinking was more important than being a follower
  • Showed me the importance of family, as every school holiday we would go visit my grandparents instead of traveling somewhere else
  • Argued that clothes and shoes do not represent my true self
  • Proved that it’s worth to give up on short-term desires in order to reach a long-term goal
  • Pushed me to learn how to swim, play instruments, Chinese, English, etc because I would need those in the future
  • Made me try eating all types of food so I build tolerance and acceptance of different dishes when I travel the world

The above are only a few things I could list on the tip of my tongue, and I am sure it would be way longer if I took more time to think.

I hope this post reminds you of all situations and people you are grateful for but for some reason, you have not expressed your appreciation yet.

Thank you!

One response to “Gratitude”

  1. Grateful is the purest feeling that we can share, especially when we talk about parents! Was so refreshing to read your post, made ma day better!


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