Bloganuary: What are 5 things you’re grateful for today?

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Day 10. People often think about the things they don’t have. Instead, you should be grateful for what you have. What might be thankful for some might be ungrateful for someone else. Finding 5 things for being grateful for today can be easy or not. For me, the first three is easy, but let’s see if I get five together.

  1. Born and raised in Finland

I’m grateful to have been born into a country like this. We have great nature, which is something not many people have. We also have 4 seasons, so you don’t get bored. Our school education system is easy to understand. When I was in school, it was 9 years. You don’t need to go to high school. You can get a job even if you haven’t. There are a lot of different ways to get an education. The country is the least corrupted country in the world. You don’t have to fear expressing your opinions. No country is perfect. Everyone has problems. But I wouldn’t want to live in another country. Here you can feel safer than in other countries, and I hope it stays that way.

2. My parents

I had terrific parents. They were always supportive. I could be what I wanted to be. They didn’t expect me to become something they wanted. I could always talk to them. I was very close to my mother, so it’s was a very sad moment when she died of cancer in 2013. She was always worried about me. Sometimes a bit too much. I could ask for her advice, and she helped me with my concerns. Sometimes I miss that. My dad doesn’t know about those things. But he’s good at other things. I’m grateful he’s still around. I don’t know what I’ll do when it’s his time to go.

3. Knowing languages

I’m glad I can speak and write in more than one language. If I didn’t know English, life would be difficult for me. I couldn’t write this blog, and I couldn’t watch TV without subtitles. That’s another thing that is great in Finland. We have subtitles on movies and TV shows. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why Finns can speak English so well. Also, because it’s being taught in 3rd or 4th grade in school. I wish I could talk more than 3 languages, but it’s pretty challenging to learn more. I can say a few words in some languages, but I couldn’t speak with a native.

4. Health

I’m never ill. I’ve always been in good health. If I have the flu, it’s usually mild. Sometimes I have a little sniffle, but that passes a few days later. I can’t remember the last time I had flu with a high temperature. During covid, I haven’t had anything. I keep away from people anyway, so I can’t catch any. I definitely don’t want covid. I’ve had 2 vaccines, but still, I should be careful. I guess I have an excellent immune system, or maybe it’s natural. I really hope it will stay that way.

5. Modern technology skills

I’ve used a computer since late the 1990s. I also have a diploma in computers. I know how to use modern technology, but I couldn’t programme it or anything like that. I’m just an average user. I’ve used it for so many years I don’t think I could be without it. I keep learning every day. I couldn’t teach people how to use computers, but I can always help. I’ve used a PC and a Mac, so both are familiar. I use a computer for everything I do. It’s so much easier. I prefer computers to mobiles. Even if I use that too. When you go somewhere, a mobile is useful. But I don’t stare at it while walking like someone do. Technology is a tool and not something that controls you.

So that’s all 5 grateful things. It wasn’t that difficult. I could have mentioned more than 5. But that is for me to know, and you to find out. Gratefully.

Five things I’ve done

When I started to think about things I have done, I realised, I haven’t done much. I’ve always been sensitive and careful. Maybe a little wimpy too. I’m not a risk taker. I think long and hard before I do anything. Being an introvert also plays a big part. It might not be much but I’ve done things other people might not have. Have a look.

    • Learned an instrument

When I was in elementary school, I played the recorder. But I didn’t like to practise because I found it difficult. It’s only when I become an adult I’ve started to learn it. Learning easy sheet music all by myself which I’m really proud of.
I can also play the piano/synthesiser but with one hand only. I took a few classes when I was 6 but I didn’t like it. My parents bought me a synthesiser for Christmas but it was just a phase. I still have it at home but I haven’t played it for years.

  • Performed on stage

In school plays. We had Christmas plays and spring plays. From 7th grade to 9th grade I went to a smaller class. One of my class mates had a father who worked in the theater so we got some professional help about how to plan a play. One year we had a musical and another year we had cabaret. I always had small parts but that was all I wanted at the time.

  • Been in the newspaper

When I was 6, I appeared in a photo in our local newspaper. I was in the background. The story was about 2 girls jumping on a trampoline. I just happened to stand there. The girls were friends of my sister. As it happened, one of the girls had the same name as me.
Another time, I had a drawing published in the same newspaper. It was about what we’ve done on the summer holiday.

  • Got photos published

I was an intern in the same newspaper as I mentioned above. It’s one of Finland’s oldest newspapers. It was only for 2 weeks but at least 3 of my photos were published in it.

  • Made a movie

The first time I had experience about making a movie was in 6th grade. We had a substitute teacher who worked in the theater. It was about a class being on a school trip and one of the students were murdered. We we filmed it outside on an island outside the city. I don’t think it never got finished but it was kind of fun to do it.
I studied script writing in 2003 and there we filmed scenes we had written. We also learned to edit and adding sound effects. It was useful in the future.
In 2010 when I studied graphic design, we made a short film. We did everything from scratch. From the script to editing. Some people don’t understand how much work there is to make a movie. We only did a short one but even that was hard work. Fun but hard work. It was great experience. That’s something everyone should do at least once in their life.

So there you have it. It’s not much but I’ve loved it.

Notes: This is the part of this week’s WWC. I didn’t kill my darlings that much. Just a few sentences. If I did, the whole content wouldn’t had made any sense.