Appreciate (#reverb10)

Thanks to a day of travel (yesterday) and a day of “OMG, I have to finish a bunch of stuff before I leave the office for a week” (Tuesday), I am now quite a bit behind on both my #reverb10 and #swinspires posts, but I’m hoping to slowly catch up (and yes, I know I could just skip them because, well, it’s not a contest, but hey, I’m competitive).

In this case, I’m glad I had to wait a couple of days to post as it helped me to figure out what I want to write about. Like Kristen, I also struggle with the posts that ask me to pick “one” thing (oh, and I also agree with Kristen that working with Jeannette would totally rock and that the three of us at the same institution would be a force to reckon with). Why just one? Why can’t I list more? Don’t make me choose — it’s complicated and depends on what day you’re asking me. In case you’re wondering, there is indeed a reason I ended up in higher education.

But a day of travel and the prospect of spending the next few days constantly surrounded by people made me realize that the thing I appreciate most is the ability to define my own life, to live the way I want to live. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family (and I’m not this saying that because I now know my mom reads this blog :)). It’s just that when I’m pulled out of my routine, I realize how very much I have become a creature of habit and how dependent I am on having things my way. Getting up early and having an hour or two of quiet and solitude in my study to write, reflect, and/or catch up on social media has been become an essential part of my routine. Two days without it and I’m already starting to feel disoriented. So while I appreciate all the other usual things (husband, kitties, family, material security, etc.), it is that time alone in the mornings that I have truly come to most appreciate over the last year.

Note: This is my fourteenth post for #reverb10, an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. Each day has a prompt. Today’s prompt is “Appreciate. What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it?”

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