I recently had the opportunity to travel to the Philippines. For someone who wants to see the world, this was one place that had never made it to my bucket list of destinations. Frankly, I didn't want to go.
As with most big experiences in life, there were some big lessons. The biggest was gratitude. Being in a country where 70% of people are considered poor, and almost half of those are living below the poverty line, is humbling to say the least. I've never had such a profound sense of gratitude for the life I was born into.
While my parents didn't have a lot of extra money, there was never a concern about food, clothing or shelter. Our home was warm and our clothes were clean, and I never had to think about any of it.
I am so incredibly lucky.
My parents made education a priority for me, and for that I am grateful.
I live in a country where I can wear and say what I like.
I've always been paid a livable wage.
The other big takeaway was that at the end of the day, people are people, and the vast majority of them are good. I was traveling during the Paris bombings, and to be reminded that most people are good, was incredibly timely.
I spent 3 weeks with people who I never would have chosen to meet and am now so glad I know.
Today, I'll be spending the day with some blood family and some chosen family. I'm grateful for all of them, and for all of you. I'd love to hear what you're thankful for in the comments below.
With ❤ & gratitude,