For my story of Gratitude, I will need to go back in time to briefly tell you about myself. As an older college student, I am married. However, my wife is not my first wife and I am not my wife’s first husband. We were both previously married. We also, both lost our first spouses to disease. After I lost my first wife, I was not in a good place, both physically and emotionally. But, I kept on.
Approximately 6 years after my first wife passed away, I met my current wife Tiffany. She ultimately changed my life for the better. After many discussions about my unhappiness at my job, I quit my job to go back to school to find a job I will be happy with.
Physically, I have lost 40 pounds and have never been happier or healthier.
Which brings me to my gratitude part. Approx. 1 year ago, I was diagnosed with seizures. I had 2 seizures at home and 1 seizure here at Bellevue College. This diagnosis changed my life.
This wasn’t life changing like a cancer diagnosis, but this was still a life changing event for me. After this diagnosis, I began to really put things into perspective. I began to appreciate the little things more. I began to appreciate waking up every morning and found that each day is a blessing. I was grateful to be alive.
Tiffany and I find the time to travel now and then when I am out of school. I am grateful for the time I spend with her and am grateful for being able to see many parts of the world that I hadn’t been able to before. Our most recent trip was to Norway, to visit a small island called Svalbard northwest of Norway. We wanted to see the Polar bears, (quite frankly before we can’t due to climate change). I was grateful for the experience of seeing Polar bears in their natural habitat. I am also hopeful that this won’t be the last time we are able to see Polar bears on the “Fast Ice” where they live and hunt. I am hopeful that climate change can be slowed down so the ice doesn’t all melt, leaving polar bears to hunt on land, where they are at a disadvantage.
Everyday I am grateful. Grateful to have Tiffany in my life. Grateful to be able to take a walk with her and our dog. Grateful to be able to travel and see many beautiful places around the country and around the world. I am Grateful to be alive!