When I start to get down on myself, or super stressed out, or frustrated, I will make a list in my head of all the things I have that money cannot buy, and that others may not:
a family who would do ANYTHING for me, who makes me laugh until I cry and encourages even my most seemingly hopeless of dreams, and even when they hate me they love me.
a best friend who I have known since I was four. who I can go months without seeing but can pick up like we've never been apart, who also just went out of her way to attend Aiden's 10th birthday party. Things like this matter, especially when you're questioning a lot of your friendships as of lately. I am a forever type person. I don't get into things lightly whether it be friendships or relationships, and to have friendships fall apart for what feels like silly reasons, it makes the good ones, the ones that have made it through EVERYTHING all that much more important.
I have safety and security and a warm place to crawl into at night. I have a little person who relies on me and loves me and tells me so every chance he gets. I have clean water.
Even if school is currently making me want to pull my hair out, and the thought of all of the student loan debt, and all of the work I still have to do, and how many times a day I want to just quit, I want to curl up into a ball and just quit, because I know that I am really good at that. I can accomplish that. What if I can't accomplish the rest of this? When all of that gets me down, I have all of that other good stuff to fall back on.
That and a cup of warm coffee, and maybe a big hug or too from someone special.