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My 2019 Mantra // "I Get To"

I get to.

In today's world, there are so many things that we take for granted, and so many things that we assume as part of our daily mundane routine. We complain about doing these things, and we neglect the fact that we should be grateful that we get to do these things.
Take running, for example. Last year, I set a goal to run 300 miles. Day after day, I heard myself complaining, I have to go for a run today. However, what I should have been saying was, I GET to go for a run today.

There are some people who aren't able to walk at all, let alone run. Not only am I fortunate enough to be able to run, I am fortunate enough to have a nice neighborhood to run in, a nice pair of running shoes, and a phone that plays music while I run. I am fortunate enough to hear the music and see the sunset while I run, although there are some people that have never seen a cotton candy sky and never heard the melody of a song. Yet here I am, complaining about all these things.

This year, I am challenging myself (and you, too!) to shift my thinking and remind myself that everything I have is a privilege. I don't want to take anything for granted; I want to continue to find the joy in every little thing and appreciate all that I have instead of focusing on all I don't.

Instead of having to exercise, I get to exercise. Instead of having to wake up early and stay up late doing homework, I get to go to school and have an education. Instead of having to go to work after a long school day, I get to have a great job. Instead of having to clean my room, I get to have a nice room all to myself. When I look at all that I have, I have no reason to complain. At the end of the day, I have a roof over my head, I am healthy, I am surrounded by people I love... what do I really have to complain about?

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