24 Gifts of Gratitude for My 24-Year-Old-Self

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Tomorrow on August 11th, I will officially be 24 years old. That seems like such a large, abstract number in my head. I know that in the grand scheme of things, 24 is not old at all, but I can tell you at 14, I had no idea what being 24 would be all about. Last year, I did a birthday post on 23 lessons I had learned before turning 23. However, this year I still feel like I’m learning my lessons, so I don’t have a lot to add. Instead of talking about the things I have learned, this year I want to thank myself for who I have become. Today I want to share with you 24 things I’m grateful to myself for accomplishing, in the hope that it will inspire you to think of things you’re grateful for in your own life.

1.  Thank you for not dropping out of college when you were depressed.

2.  Thank you for taking control of your own love life, rather than expecting Mr. Right to show up on his own.

3.  Thank you for loving your friends fiercely, even if it got you hurt.

4.  Thank you for sharing your parents with people who needed their love and stability.

5.  Thank you for adopting a dog in college even though you weren’t supposed to.

6.  Thank you for accepting yourself for who you are.

7.  Thank you for for being consistent on your blog. Third time's a charm, right?

8.  Thank you for finally not hating your body when you look in the mirror.

9.  Thank you for being there for people when they need you.

10. Thank you for taking the intro to mass communications writing class. It has come in handy.

11. Thank you for going to college away from your hometown.

12. Thank you for getting the family into indie board games.

13. Thank you for trying raw tomatoes again. They aren’t as bad as you remember as a child.

14. Thank you for being patient with your anxiety.

15. Thank you for enjoying self-help books and working on your self-growth.

16. Thank you for not being afraid to stand up for what you believe in.

17. Thank you for bringing reusable bags to the grocery store.

18. Thank you for investing in skin care and hair care.

19. Thank you for choosing kindness everyday.

20. Thank you for memorizing all the song lyrics to your favorite songs.

21. Thank you for getting your tragus pierced.

22. Thank you for trying to make your grandpas proud. May they Rest In Peace.

23. Thank you for choosing love over fear whenever possible.

24. Thank you for working hard at your job and your side jobs.

I hope you enjoyed this birthday post and that it inspires you to find things to be grateful for in your own life. If you want to read last year’s birthday post, “23 Things I Learned About Writing and Life before 23” click here.

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