I have a pretty good life. Sure, there are things I’ll change, but overall, I’m very lucky.
On Saturday night, I went to my car after an enjoyable dinner with a friend to find several issues with my car, indicating a possible electrical issue.
The air condition didn’t work.
I live in Phoenix.
I call Phoenix HELL this time of year, for obvious reasons. It’s August, one of the hottest months of the year, and temperatures are over 110 degrees during the day, cooling to balmy 90s in the evening.
I’m driving with the windows down, praying for a stream of green lights. And it happened Saturday night, which means I can’t even bring it into a mechanic to evaluate until Monday.
So on my drive home on Sunday, I got to thinking about my life and all of the wonderful things that I should be grateful for, instead of focusing on the fact that I might just melt into a puddle before making it home.
On Sunday I had a great time at the dog park with my pups, before it got too warm out. Then I went to support a friend for her yoga practicum, after which she will receive her certification to teach yoga. Yay! And in the afternoon, and the height of the heat, I went to visit Florence Crittenton, a therapeutic group home for teens that I have visited for over four years now, every Sunday. Two of the girls ran over to me to give me a welcoming hug. Anyone who has been hugged by a teen knows just how wonderful that feels.
I got to thinking about what’s important to me. I was feeling a little sad that I might need to get rid of my car that I’ve had for over ten years. It was the first car I ever bought that I really enjoyed, and I still love driving it. But even my cute little sports coupe, my “I’m thirty and single and going to buy the cute little sports car now before I am a cliché at fifty” is just a thing. I do have some attachment to it, but it’s something that can be replaced.
It’s when I think of losing something that I realize just how important it is. The most precious things in my world are my two nephews, Mason and Sawyer. I am so grateful that they are in my life.