I recently moved to a new place that is a significant upgrade from my previous living situation. For the past 2.5 years, I lived in a character building with 8 suites that was built in 1950 in a really expensive part of town. It was the safest I’ve ever felt in my life, and the happiest time of my life.
BUT! We had 1 washing machine/dryer for the entire building and it cost $4 to do a load. There was no dishwasher, a tiny kitchen, bathroom with mold (and bugs) that was impossible to keep clean. We had no amenities and neighbours I never saw. There was no parking for guests and despite having a wicked drugstore across the street, there was nothing nearby besides a really expensive high end grocery store that stole all my money.
It wasn’t exactly a bargain.
And yet, I’m super thankful that I lived there. That place, and all the other crappy places I’ve lived since I moved out of my parent’s pad at 19 have really made me appreciate and take care of what I have now. I’ve worked to move myself up and I can’t take for granted the luxury of an in suite washer/dryer, a dishwasher, a gym in my building, friendly neighbours, a happy neighbourhood, a HEATED BATHROOM FLOOR, a communal garden, and a balcony overlooking the mountains.
I don’t own it, but it’s a start. And I’m sure I appreciate it more than anyone else in that building because my first apartment was a studio that had a bullett hole in the front window. No joke.
Wherever, whenever you can - be thankful for that you have in life and your successes that have made it possible.
We materialize what we think we deserve in this life.