For this challenge I am to make a list of things I am grateful for.

1. Family

2. Friends

Done, right?

Those are pretty obvious. Hopefully most people can say the same, but I'd like to dive a little deeper.

1. I am grateful for uniqueness
Do you know how boring everyday life would be if everyone was the same? I believe that uniqueness is the root for all creativity. Everyone should be grateful for it!

2. I am grateful for stories
Stories told by ancient peoples that have been passed down from generation to generation. Stories told in the exposed rock layers of a cliff side. Stories expressed on the pages of a paper book.

3. I am grateful for food
I know, not as deep, but I LOVE food. I love trying out different kinds and feeling the cultures from different parts of the world on my tongue. ( Literally ). Chinese and Italian are my top two!

4. I am grateful for beauty
Not the skin deep kind, but the kind that takes your breath away and makes you wonder about your place in the universe. Whether this be looking up into the arm of the Milky Way Galaxy or staring at your partner's smiling face, it's the kind of beauty that punches you in the gut and yet makes you smile from ear to ear.

5. I am grateful for memories
Can you imagine not being able to remember your past? I couldn't. I know there are people out there whose memories are lost to them and I am truly hurting for you. The past is the key to the future as you learn early on in geology and history courses. This I believe applies to so much in our lives, and we forget to use our memories to our advantage too many times.

These are my top five, and I think I will leave it at that. (': Are you grateful for these things as well?

Until next time,
a.l.starks

I am still grateful for friends and family don't get me wrong, but I think it is possible to live without those things so long as you can find and appreciate these other five. <3