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yours truly, maizy

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about mindfulness and gratefulness. Mindfulness is a practice I use quite often in my life, and with everything going on in the world lately, it has helped me to better appreciate my life and the people that I have in it.

The war between Israel and Palestine and knowing people who are there fighting or who have lost someone, as well as seeing other world issues going on has really put into perspective how lucky I am to have the life I do. I am so grateful that I have my family, my friends, and to be able to have an education and a roof over my head.

This is not to say that I don’t have days where I feel anxious or upset, and that everyone hates me. Or that I don’t have days where things just don’t seem to go right and I just feel like a loser. But it is these times when I always try to stop and think about all of the blessings that I have, and the small things in the day that may have gone right.

The other day, as I was walking in Riverdale, I was feeling overwhelmed with school and personal problems in my life. It was all circling in my head, eating away at my inner thoughts, when suddenly I stopped to breathe and appreciate the world around me. I felt the sunshine on my face, and breath going through my lungs. I thought to myself how some people don't get to experience this, this moment of serenity while enjoying nature. I then observed the people around me. The people walking, the children playing. It made me realize how everyone is so stuck in the stream of life, that they forget what truly matters. It reminded me that while things may be hard at the moment, every experience is an important and meaningful lesson of life.

Feeling grateful makes me feel love. Love for myself, love for the people in my life, and even love for those who I no longer have in my life for whatever reason. Being mindful has helped me navigate the difficulties of life and the struggles, from big to small. It makes me think about life, and how every single thing we do impacts someone and impacts ourselves. I hope that everyone has a chance to stop for a moment despite the obligations of daily responsibilities to truly appreciate being alive and feeling love. It is genuinely the greatest gift of being human.

Yours Truly,



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