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The Little Things…

12 Feb

You hear it all the time:

Learn to appreciate the little things in life.

It’s over-used, corny, and a little sad-sounding.

But nonetheless, it is what I would classify as a “saying”, meaning that people actually “say it”.

How do I know this?

Well, I heard my TA say it in my psychology class the other day…

…and it got me thinking. (I know, dangerous, right?)

When I was younger and not quite as wise, (i.e. when I was in high school), the “little things” that I appreciated were different than what they are now.

That’s mostly because I didn’t have to do a lot for myself in those days.

My parents looked after a lot of things that I needed done. But now that I’m on my own, I have to worry about things like grocery shopping, cooking, laundry, and getting places on my own and on time, without any assistance.

It changes the things that you appreciate.

Here’s what I enjoy:

1) Waking up to sunshine and hot chocolate on weekend mornings.

2) When the dining hall has the chocolate peanut butter ice cream I like.

3) When I have time to watch a movie and eat the aforementioned ice cream.

4) When there’s no dirty laundry in my laundry pile.

5) When my floors go more than a day without needing mopped.

6) When I’m actually caught up with all the homework I have to do. (This hasn’t actually happened yet, but I’m dreaming of the day that it does)

7) Reading week. (Admittedly, 7 days don’t really make up a “little moment”, but it’s still worth mentioning).

So, in conclusion, I’m getting old.

How do I know?

Well, as I was compiling my list I realized that my parents’ lists would probably have similar points because:

1) They enjoy waking up and sitting out in the sun and drinking coffee on weekend mornings.

2) I’m sure that they too would enjoy a day in which there are no chores to be done.

3) They are nearing retirement age, so they are probably looking forward to the pleasure of not having any work to do.

Huh.

I guess it won’t be long before my favourite little moment is bingo night at the nursing home.

bingo

Do you have a favourite little moment? Leave a comment!

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