I have been working through Hilary Rushford’s Elegant Excellence program recently – like very recently (i.e.: today) and on the second video she encourages us to stop and think about the things we are grateful for and why. And possibly to elaborate on why we may not use gratitude more often in our lives to snap us out of a negative spiral.
I have a lot of things to be thankful for of late. From making friends in Baltimore, to lots of travel, to a Pure Barre opening up nearby, to my hair finally growing.
I found myself complaining to a friend on the weekend about how it is really hard to have expectations of what life looks like after you’re married – and to have your day to day reality not really match up.
Now I realize that I am really lucky in who my partner is. Wes is a great guy. I chose him because he has so many attributes that I was looking for and in common with me. He is the smartest guy I have EVER met, and he hangs around with really smart people so that’s saying a lot.
Also, he breaks a lot of the stereotypes of what Deaf means to the ‘hearing’ world. He is very successful – and in a mainstream job as an engineer. He is articulate, interesting, funny, well-read, and kind. He may have a temper at times but I think that is something that all humans struggle with – especially with the people they are closest to.
He gives me so many opportunities that I never would have been afforded had I continued living my life alone. He takes me all over the world, and he lets me travel places by myself. He is supportive of every hair-brained scheme I want to try, he just wants me to be happy.
He understood that I hated living in Atlanta, and when he got the opportunity to change jobs, we did that. I have been happier in Baltimore than I ever was in Atlanta.
I have an amazing group of girlfriends here. They may be a tiny group of very busy professionals, but they are either Deaf, interpreters, or other medical professionals and they try hard to understand what life is like for me.
I have been so happy that a Pure Barre opened here in Baltimore. Since the studio’s official opening, I have gone to class nearly every weekday. I am aiming to get to 100 classes in a few months (fingers crossed)! I will write more about them and how much I love them later on.
That all to say that even when we don’t sleep at night, I have a million things to be thankful for here and in this time of my life.❤