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An Incomplete List of Things I Took for Granted Today

I woke up. When I turned the faucet in the bathroom, I was able to wash my face with warm water. Warm clean water. A fresh wash cloth.

Movement. I went for a run this morning. I followed a stretching routine. I danced to a song I love just because it caught me in the right moment. I made a misstep on the gravel while running. But my ankle didn’t give out. No worse for wear.

I’ve refilled my water bottle more times than I can count. It’s so easy to twist a handle and have drinkable water. I can down an entire bottle before I even leave my bedroom in the morning. Because there is more accessible, just a step down the hallway.

I have the opportunity to work hard at a job that I love. My childhood dream was to be a writer. Now, someone pays me to write.

My tea was brewed perfectly. My lunch was nutritious. I laughed with a colleague.

The roof over my head is solid. The ground beneath my feet is steady.

I have access to technology to learn and continuously push myself to be better. I have a stack of books on my nightstand that are waiting to be read.

I couldn’t walk across my bedroom without the aid of glasses or contact lenses. Thankfully, I don’t have to. My bed is warm and comfortable. I have access to a functioning laundry machine.

My family is safe and healthy. I have friends I can talk to about anything—friends I know care about me. I am in love.

An incomplete list of things I took for granted today: everyone I love woke up.

Love always,



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