Sometimes in life it is easy to get bogged down. Babies crying, testy two-year-olds, hectic work environment, family feuds, things just not going your way. I get it. With the exception of babies and toddlers, I’ve been there.

So right now I want to remind you how lucky you are – because it is easy to forget. Firstly, you woke up this morning. You woke up and were given a day to live as you chose, despite any limitations you may have. You have choices, regardless how small they may be and you were given the chance to make those choices.

lucky lanternsYou were given the chance to dream – however impossible those dreams may seem. That’s what keeps me going sometimes – my dreams.

You are cared about. Everybody has somebody who cares about them. I don’t care who you are.

You have the capacity to love, it need not be a romantic love, perhaps it is the love for your mother. That capacity is a remarkable thing. Love has also kept me going.

I hope you had the chance to go outside – snow, rain, sun, wind – I hope you got to experience it today. Because I’ve been locked inside psych wards where you can only dream of the breeze on your cheek. Don’t take the ability to go outside for granted. You are lucky.

So sure, life sucks, but don’t ever forget how lucky you are. It can change your whole perspective.

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Elaina J. Martin

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Martin, E. (2014). Lucky. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 6, 2019, from


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