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13 Things We Take For Granted Everyday – But Shouldn’t

We are living out that rainy day scenario others are saving up for.” These are the exact same words I read from a blog a while back. It hit me that hard to write this post. The writer is suffering from a chronic illness – a disease that persists for a length of time which may not have a cure. Plus, the fact that the number one cause of death in the world is due to chronic illness. Doesn’t it always seem to go, that we enjoy the things which may have long gone for others? This – we are guilty to some degree. In the midst of this COVID-19 crisis, I am trying so hard to be productive at home – to the point that I get to reflect on life. There are so so many things now that we no longer enjoy because of one reason – we need to stay at home! And by staying at home, we also realize the things we take for granted while we were all out there doing our things.

But I guess, this is really our nature. We continuously fill our minds of thoughts of the things that we don’t have and the experiences we are currently missing out on. So today, I thought of sharing with you some of the common things we take for granted.

13 Things we take for granted

1. Yourself

How are you? I mean – Do you still value “you”? What would it be like to have you as a friend? Come to think about how encouraging it would be having someone like “you” in your life. Imagine all the good things and the good times you create. Think about how you help you in making things better in life.

2. Our Home

Perhaps, while you are reading this from the comfort of your own home – sitting on the couch or lying on the bed. Having a safe place to live, eat and sleep is just a norm for most of us. There is no doubt that this is something a lot of us are taking for granted

3. Family

Coming home to a family is something to be thankful for because a lot of people who are away from their families, like me, cannot experience this on a daily basis especially now that we are on a community quarantine. As much as I want to go home to my family, I just can’t. So, if you are seating now on a home with your family around, you have to be grateful for it.

4. Food and Water

Typically, food and water is only a few minutes away. When we get hungry, we can just simply pull into any fast-food joints or order food online. However, at the worst of times for most of us, we could no longer grab anything we want.

5. Home Cooked Food

In relation to the above, I have now the means to cook my own food or try out a new recipe – a thing which I never had the chance to do when I was so busy doing work outside.

6. Communication

I guess this is the time to take advantage of our technology especially those who are away from their families. Talk to them. Send them messages. Appreciate them. To value people too lightly is a risk no one should take.

7. A Made Bed

I am referring to that clean smell hitting your senses right after you make your bed. I change my bed sheets every week and I can honestly say that a made bed is one of the most gratifying things on my chore list.

8. Our Health

If you can breathe fine, walk, use your hands, smell and taste, and think clearly without any difficulty, then you have to be grateful. Others are grasping for breath at this very minute, and you, being able to read this, is something that you should not take for granted. Keep yourself healthy.

9. Small Indulgences

What about those little treats for yourself? For me, it’s the iced coffee from McDonald’s and donuts from Dunkin Donuts. Now, I could no longer enjoy these little treats due to the pandemic. Now, I realize that these relatively small things are easily taken for granted.

10. Radio Music

Due to this house arrest, I finally have the chance to listen to the FM radio. In fact, I can listen to it 24/7. So happy to hear old music I used to listen before.

11. Pets

I think most of us who are pet owners sometimes forget that our pets are just short-lived. They won’t always be with us. That’s why this is the time that we pamper them with the love they also deserve. It’s not all the time that we will be staying at home round the clock.

12. Silence

“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” — Caroline Myss. Silence is golden, and good for our health. Do I still need to say more?

13. Time

Years have a way of teaching us how time flies so fast. With the years, people realize how much time they took for granted – doing the things they should have done. Where did all the years go?

Thank you for reading this far. Be on guard. May it leave you with your eyes a bit more open. We all have the tendency to take things for granted – especially the simple things. During the worst days, it’s the “simple” and “little” things that matter to make a great day.

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Shahrom Martijn
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Health is a number 1 priority that I always take for granted. Being able to wake up and smell the roses is a top thing i look forward to in this phase of Covid 19

knre
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knre

A dinner with family is one thing I take for granted. With the pandemic, I can now eat with them. Great post!

yana
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yana

YES! Definitely agree with every word! You’re right, sometimes we even dont think about this simple things, but we have to!

Rae Floresca
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Got me thinking while reading this!

I wonder what station do you listen to? When I used to work in Mnl, I’m hardcore Monster RX fan, second is Mellow 🙂

Shermaine Capuli
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Home-cooked food is difficult for me too, but yeah. this post reminds us to have more time in reflecting, putting more attention in things and making an action to it.

Nicole S
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Nicole S

I definitely agree with everything you have written. We should reflect and spend more time with our loved ones.

Dems
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What I love about ‘isolation’ is having time to reflect. May we all emerge from this situation with better relationship with ourselves and others.

Shilpa Bindlish
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Shilpa Bindlish

Silence is the best cure at times. Good points all in all.

shruti
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I never take my boy/pup (Delta) for granted. He is our life. He gets kissed and cuddled all the time. I cannot imagine life without him. However, I do think I need to slow down a little bit.

Cristina Petrini
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This isolation time I have to help reflect and I hope to make us understand how much we pulled the rope. Now it’s broken and we have to deal with it.

Mark Go
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I agree with everything you listed. This pandemic will change all of us and it will be for the better because things we used to take for granted before, we will cherish it more next time. We’ll just have to ride through this crisis together.

Nyxie
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I agree. There are so many more things that I think of that I personally take for granted i.e social interaction. Now that I have to self-isolate I’m finding it quite difficult.

Kristen V
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Kristen V

Appreciating what you have makes you a happier person. If you are always looking elsewhere you’ll never be happy. We live in a world of instant gratification and take things for granted

Krysten Quiles
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Amen to all of it. Right now I can’t believe how much I miss just being able to go see a movie. It’s such a scary time. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

Kelsey Harmony
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I am guilty of this just like everyone else. We have so much to be thankful for!

Ayishia
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I totally take home cooked meals for granted man. I really enjoy them when someone else does the cooking lol but I need to start doing more of it myself if I’m ever going to get any better at it.

Marie Phillips
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This is a great list, and with the events of the past couple of weeks, I think a lot of people around the world have had some time to contemplate this and maybe not take it all for granted as much. I will try to be more mindful of these things this week as I try to figure out what my new normal is.

Sudipta
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Sudipta

Such a beautiful post. It is true we take so many things for granted. Maybe it is time to pause and reflect in these trying times, and feel grateful for so many things we have but don’t give much thought to.

Dominique Walton Brooks
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Definitely a time to look and be grateful for what we do have. You realize how much you took just getting up running to the store and grabbing a snack too. Or picking up toilet paper whenever you needed it. Take care, everyone!

the joyous living
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i love my puppy and my sweet indulgences. just had one in fact. a milano cookie :O while petting my cute doggy.

Melanie Frost
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I love this post and it couldn’t have come at a better time. This virus has been affecting my mental health in a bad way but you have made me see all the things I should and am very greatful for.

Peachy
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It’s true! we’ve taken a lot of thing for granted and it’s just now that we are realizing how much we value it. I think it’s a great lesson to us all. keep safe.

Emily Zielinski
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This has been an inspiration post to reflect on and make me more grateful for the smaller things in life.

knycx.journeying
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Thanks for your sharing and thoughts and that’s true, for me, I always remind myself that we cannot take anything for granted and be prepared for what’s coming. it’s an inspirational piece and I will share it with my friends 🙂 Knycx Journeying

Carrie Elizabeth Rundhaug
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There is so many things that many people take for granted. We have had this discussion especially with our son lately, about how lucky he is and how much he should be grateful for. I try to think of at least one thing I am grateful for every day.

Stephen
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It’s strange just how many little things I took for granted I’m not missing out on due to this virus, seeing family especially

katrina Kroeplin
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katrina Kroeplin

we def take seeing people for granted. my daughter sees her best friend over facetime now and it’s so cute but sad at the same time. i just want a coffee date with my best friend.

Cris F.
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So, true. #1, yes!! I think many people are really finding a renewed appreciation these days for things we normally took for granted before this pandemic.

Cha of littlemisadvencha is a Filipino Civil Engineer, researcher and a fur mom. She came from General Santos City and finds that everything in life teaches her a lesson. She is inspired to write about and out of her experiences, but later found out that it was her experiences that actually inspire her.

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