Written by Josh Clapp
This has been something I have recently realized about myself and I wanted to address it in this blog post. Lately, I have noticed that I have not been saying “thank you” enough. My struggles with my anxiety and stress have clouded this gratitude and I feel awful for not thanking the ones who deserve it.
Thank you to the people who are always there for me when I need them - the ones who answer my 3AM phone calls, the ones who drop everything and rush to me when I need them, the ones who put me first in their busy lives. Thank you to the ones who unconditionally show me love, and the ones who support me even if they know I’m about to make the wrong decision.
Thank you to the people who challenge me - the ones who push me to better myself and who bring out the best in me. It is because of you that I am able to step into my greatest self, to create, to speak, to act, to perform to the best of my ability in a manner that I can be proud of. Without you, growth would not be possible.
Thank you to the people who hurt me - the ones who lie, the ones who cheat, the ones who manipulate and deceive, the ones who get in my head and contradict my thoughts. You teach me the kind of person whom I despise and never want to become. You show me what cruelty truly is and it is because of you that I want to be a more compassionate, caring and gentle person to others around me – especially the ones who I have a strong and emotional attachment to. You break hearts whether that be intentional or not, and I hope that person uses it to help them grow.
At times it may seem as if I am ungrateful and ignorant. This is not the person I want to be, which is why am I really trying to improve and show how thankful I am for all that people do for me, and all the events I get to experience (the good and the bad). You have to acknowledge both, learn from it and keep moving forward and always give thanks because these are what inevitably shape you into the person you are meant to be.
I think, despite your mental health and as difficult at times it may be, it is incredibly important to take a moment and say thank you to the people and things that truly deserve it. More often than not gestures go unnoticed and you should strive to acknowledge those things. I know it is hard but trust me… a simple “thank you” really goes a long way. So with all that being said – thank you.