There are big moments, HUGE moments even, that will be ingrained in my brain forever:
- Breaking the district record in the mile in 8th grade.
- Scoring the winning run in the Astrodome to upset the 4th ranked team in the state during the playoffs my senior year…. And the way I felt after knowing I couldn’t share it with my parents.
- Breaking up with the only person I truly ever loved, and the unpleasant way I reacted.
I’m grateful for all of these moments. They’ve made me the person I am today; someone I’m proud to be.
You have these moments too: The way you felt when you finally graduated college, got married, had your first child, lost your first loved one.
Most of us take the time to appreciate these moments for what they are, but here’s the thing: These moments are few and far between. Life is made up of millions of smaller moments. Moments that most of us rarely take the time to appreciate.
Moments like when your buddy is giving you a private concert with all your friends around, and you lock eyes momentarily with an old flame across the room.
Moments like the first time a chocolate ganache brownie from Café Lalo hits your taste buds.
Moments like the way a woman rubs her feet against you or squeezes your hand in bed.
And maybe even these are too big. What about moments like these?
I’m thankful for these moments. I try to appreciate them all; to be fully present for everything I encounter each day.
What about you? Do you take the time to appreciate the little moments in life?
(h/t to Ben for sharing the video)
Appreciative Revolutionary: Ryan Stephens (@ryanstephens)
Bio: Ryan is the Director of Community for Sports Media Challenge by day, and an ambitious entrepreneur by night (and weekends.) He blogs at Ryan Stephens Marketing and is a regular contributor to Sports Networker. In his spare time he loves drinking cold beer, jamming Texas Country tunes, running far, staying fit, and being way too critical of movies.
Favorite ice cream flavor: Rocky Road (and I don’t eat anything but the best, Blue Bell)
I appreciate Ryan’s marketing insight, his drive and determination, and the way he honors Gen Y bloggers with the bi-monthly Top 10 Gen Y Blogs list!