Being appreciative of what we have is often humbling, especially when you compare what even the “have not’s” of America really do have compared to most of the world. I wanted to take a second and list off the 10 things I’m most grateful for in my life as it stands today:
My family runs the entire spectrum, from slightly socially functional geniuses to drug addicts – we have it all. However the extremely wide net has taught me that even a fragmented family blend can be there for you and support each other in ways you never thought possible. It also can give you amazing context on a number of situations, since likely someone in my family has gone through the same or similar situation.
There are no two ways about it, I have some of the highest caliber friends in the world. I’m not necessarily talking power, money or influence – just some of the smartest and most genuine people on the face of the planet who also happen to know how to party. There have been times that I have wanted to give up on the things that matter most to me, and this group has always helped push me through those humps to see the next wave of greatness.
While I am certainly not in shape, I don’t have any major illnesses or diseases that I know of. No cancers (yet), failing organs or otherwise. I have 10 fingers, 10 toes, 2 eyes, 2 ears etc – and for that I’m extremely grateful. There are so many people out in the world suffering from issues at birth, from war or sickness. My hear goes out to these people and I wish them the best of luck in living their lives to the fullest.
Read the not in the best shape above? That’s because my fat white ass has plenty of food and a safe place of shelter to hammer out blog posts and business development deals. If I am going hungry it’s because I am a cheap ass or lazy, that’s something that is easy to take for granted; the ability to eat whatever I want, whenever I want within reason.
5. Being American
This country has a whole hot mess of issues, but being American is something unique and I love it. While I fear for future generations whenever I go to an amusement park, we have some bright and talented people living in the United States and that is much more than just an ok crowd to be associated with. There are true innovators, artists and free thinkers. That is the America I champion, and without question I have benefited greatly by being American.
I love capitalism in it’s truest sense of the term, the ability for markets to self-correct and continually innovate to provide new and ever increasing value to the marketplace and world. Yes, this isn’t perfect but neither is any other organism and that is exactly how I perceive capitalism; as a living breathing thing that comes and goes in strength but will never die.
Having the ability to collect a skill set, generate free willed ideas and create something of value the core of my DNA. Being an entrepreneur I have always sought out ways to create new value, not only for profit but for sport. This is a way of life that some people can’t opt-out of and it drives us to create some of the most innovative and creative things in the world (I’m just not world changing yet).
If someone looks like Yoda, you should probably listen to what they have to say. Oftentimes, regardless of how smart the younger population THINKS they are, there is just no substitute for experience and true wisdom. Mentors in my life have always encouraged me to find the right answer on my own but gently nudged me in the right directions.
Have you ever met me? My iPhone is on deck at all times – I’m constantly on Twitter, Facebook, Texting etc to the point of a fever pitch. I have known to forget my social etiquette sometimes and need to be slapped around to put away my phone and engage with those right in front me. This blessing and a curse has transformed our way of life and I am in 100%.
Seriously? What the hell did we do before Google? Whatever the world looks like without Google I want nothing to do with.
So that wraps up my quick list of 10, what are you grateful for?