Reverb 10, Day 14 Appreciate. What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it?
In 2009, I moved back to Arizona to be close to my family again. I moved back into my small, childhood home with my parents for the first three months and constantly questioned that motivation and my sanity (but, I was well-fed and handed a hot cup of coffee every morning).
A little distance (first 3 miles, now 30) and some lower lows and higher highs than we’ve dealt with as long as I can remember in 2010 has made me truly appreciate them.
Being an adult child is a strange thing, but we seem to have a dynamic that works at this point in our lives. Part of that, for me, is accepting these people I love for who they are – obnoxious habits and all. I know our relationships will continue to change over time, but we’re in a really good spot right now!
Hopefully I express gratitude for them enough. I think I have such a hard time picking Christmas gifts because they mean so much to me and I want to show them, but this year, I’ve realized that gratitude for those you love is expressed in the little moments – manicures with my mom, wedding planning time with my sister, talking Steelers or finance with my dad.
I’m not sure if my story ends in Phoenix, like I always thought it would, which puts me in a tough spot because my family KNOWS they’re the reason I moved back and I feel like if I moved away again, they would take it personally – especially my mom. But I think the appreciation I’ve gained in the last year will help me show my gratitude even if I’m a few hundred miles away again.