Because a thankful heart is a happy heart: Days 14-17

Procrastination, you win.

I knew I would get behind with my goal to write every day but not this behind… and I admit that I’m selfishly not in very thankful mood lately. I can’t even pinpoint it either… it’s not like there’s some great crisis going on in my life that makes it hard to see any silver linings. Maybe I’m just getting to be a Grumpy McGrumperson. I’m 29 going on 82, people.

Anyway, there are things to be thankful about always, so here are mine for days 14-17

Day 14 – I’m thankful for friends who encourage! My friend Kelly is a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa and I love reading her Facebook posts. I met Kelly through HLAAKC and I really appreciate her insight into living with hearing loss. Here is something she posted recently:

Every once in a while I wonder where I would be in life if I was hearing….not because I don’t want to be deaf…but just because I think/question things too much. Yes, I’ve had doors of opportunities slammed into my face the second someone finds out I can’t hear. Yes, I can’t even get a full-time job in the field of my study….yes, I’ve been made fun of….yes, I’ve had schools/teachers try to kick me out because they didn’t think I was capable. As frustrating as it is at times to live in a world that doesn’t fully include me….I wouldn’t trade my life experiences for anything. It has forced me off the well-beaten path that many people find themselves on and forced me to create my own path and in some ways it has opened doors of opportunities I may never have had if I were hearing. I get to experience the world in a way that many people will never get the chance to. There are times it does get lonely on that path but it’s my path….I don’t know where I’ll end up at, I don’t know who I’ll meet along the way, I don’t know when I’ll find myself in a dark forest, I don’t know when I’ll find myself in an open field with the sun shining, I don’t know when I’ll be going around in circles, I don’t know when I’ll be exploring new territories….but I know that it’s my path, a path full of amazing experiences, a path full of many lessons that were learned the hard way, a path full of tears, a path full of laughter, a path that no one can take away from me…I may not know where I’m going but I look forward to seeing where my path will take me…..

Real talk – I don’t feel like this right now. I feel like wallowing instead. I’m not amused when I’m excluded or not quite sure what’s going on in a group or unsure of how to assert myself. But I am thankful for friends like Kelly who remember the good parts about hearing loss and remind me that it is an adventure all its own.

Day 15 – I’m trying to do a better job cooking for myself and just eating healthier in general. I’m thankful for the abundance of food nearby – three grocery stores within walking distance! I’m no gourmet chef, so I’m grateful for sites like Pinterest that help me come up with delicious and healthy recipes.

Day 16 – Should I be thankful or concerned that I found a $2 generic version of Nutella at Aldi? This could be dangerous in the long run, but right now, it is so very, very wonderful.

Day 17 – I know I already said I was thankful for technology, but today, I’m particularly thankful for movie captions! Last summer, I wrote a post about the (then new-to-me) CaptiViews on the HLAAKC website. Since then, I’ve seen many movies with a CaptiView and while my heart will always yearn for the days of open captioned movies, I’m thankful to have so many more movie viewing options with the CaptiView. Gone are the days of waiting for the movie of your choice to come to your city and limited viewing times once it did. Now, I can see almost any movie that’s currently out and I can choose from the same showtimes as my hearing counterparts. I’m still getting used to the curious looks aimed my way when I haul the CaptiView through the theater, but it’s a small price to pay for – finally – having more options when I go to the movies. 

Until next time, friends!

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