Count your thumbtacks, name them 1x1
I love to travel. Not that I am an avid-traveler or even a frequent one, but every year, I take at least one trip away. I've always considered purchasing a world map with thumbtacks to visually track my travels but never bought one. Why? Because I felt that I would habitually look at the map and get sad about it.
Gratitude for life isn't something I embrace naturally. My first instinct is to wonder how little I have accomplished. Not just in travel but also in career, life, friends, etc. Thankfully, I don't live based on my first instincts, because it's a stressful existence!
Life is forcing me to take a step back and count my thumbtacks. First of all, I have a map! That is already a step up! Second, I have multiple thumbtacks and they are spread all over the world!
I realize what I'm doing. I am expecting my future self to be a certain 'me' and when life isn't driving down the path I want, I get upset. Is that just me?
Everyone befriends humility in their own way. To say that I have seen three oceans in less than three decades is a huge deal—almost 66% of this entire planet—is how I humble myself. Where there is a life lived, there are always accomplishments.
I am so very grateful for what I have been given, for where I've been sent, and for whom I've met. It's a new year. Here's to new thumbtacks and a heart full of gratitude!
Not pictured: Dubai, UAE. Brussels, Belgium. Bangalore/Shimla/Amritsar/ New Delhi/Kerala, India. Rome/Sorrento/Cinque Terre/Sicily, Italy. Boston, MA. St.Louis, MO. Orlando, FL. Las Vegas, NV. And many others!