I have written quite a lot in the past about what an awkward ninja I can be.
- Embarrassing blunders from socially enthusiastic introvert.
- How to make friends as an introvert.
- Five weird things adults should not do when trying to make new friends.
Basically stick me in any kind of large group setting and I get uncomfortable enough to wish I was wallpaper.
I can write about this part of my life because I have made peace with it, and indeed I am very accepting these days of the fact that I can be a little bit of a social ding bat.
Memorable flash back that illustrates my point.
- Attending an important work party and getting so flustered that I dropped a plate of dip and corn chips so everyone’s toes & ankles were splattered red for the remainder of the party. I like to think of that one as a surprise dress up event where I was responsible for everyone else’s fancy outfit.
Which leads me to today’s gratitude post.
- I am grateful that as I get older, I am more accepting of who I am as a person. Because really, honestly, it is just so much better to understand and accept myself than to be endlessly trying to be like someone else. So occasionally, when I still feel the pressure, I just make like George Constanza and vamoose.
Somewhere along the line I learned “best to be true to yourself, because if you don’t live your own life, no one else will.” I can’t remember who told me but it rang true and I haven’t forgotten it.
It was probably Oprah. It was always Oprah right?
2. The sunshine.
Yes it has been very cold in Melbourne lately and yes I talk a lot about the weather but I honestly just feel better with a little sun on my skin. So today we had a little bit of blue sky and it was glorious and uplifting and I loved it.
3. Afternoon tea with my babies.
Two days a week I get to have a quiet afternoon tea with my kids after school.
Granted this is not always as blissful as you might imagine, but that doesn’t really matter because I still love it.
I spent years at home with my children and now that I am back at work I really long for these domestic moments hanging out with my kids.
Sometimes I cook something super impressive and then they think I am the most awesome Mum of the year (for 24 seconds). Other times we hit the park or just hang out at home and I loves it.
So that is day 5 of 31.
If you are joining in at home then shoot me an email so that I can feature you in my weekly wrap up.
Thanks to those of you who have already “played along.”
Why not try this at home?
I was reading Dr Andrew Fuller’s latest book earlier in the week and it points out the benefits of teaching gratitude to your children. So why not ask for three things next time you are all around the dinner table together.
Dani B is a food and lifestyle blogger from Melbourne. She has three kids, a naughty puppy, too many jobs and hankering to live in an Agatha Christie novel. She writes about good food for the good life in Melbourne and beyond.