30 Minus 2 Days of Writing: Little things (19/28)

Feb 19

Life is full of curve balls. 

When life throws you a lemon, make lemonade. 

Don’t stress about life too much, you’ll never make it out alive. 

Life sucks. Then you die. 

There are hundreds — if not thousands — of sayings about life. A lot of them try to give you a good grip on what life really is about and how one should take a look at the bigger picture. If you’re a regular reader of this blog — or just have been stopping because of this challenge — you likely know my current status and how I’ve been trying to dig myself out.

I don’t want to repeat everything, so if you don’t know and are curious, see this post I wrote earlier in this challenge.


When you look at the bigger picture about life and how things can go up and down, you really need to focus, as well, on the little things. Because, in all reality, it’s the little things that make life truly bearable.

Life is full of little things to enjoy — such as going out for a pint of the black stuff with family or friends.

The big things — making a major purchase, going on a big vacation, other huge life events — are great. And they take part in shaping who you are. But at the same time, they are often one-time happenings (or rare if done more than once). So as nice as it is to have these situations, the reality is they are things to look forward or backward on.

It’s the little things, however, that really make life worth living.

I was truly reminded of this during a Saturday night photo outing in the Albany area.

After spending a while at the Empire State Plaza, we went to a local Dunkin’ Donuts for a quick bite. We decided to check one more place out as I had hoped it would give us a good place for some shots. The area is a waterfront park on the Hudson River. They’ve built it up nicely with some walkways, some nice views and a small building. I believe the building houses a few bathrooms and an office for summer tours.

When we pulled up, I saw a homeless person sleeping in one of the doorways. All bundled up and with a stroller of sorts, filled with some of her items. We backed away and took a different sidewalk in, so as not to disturb the person. It was, after all, about 10 p.m. or so and we didn’t want to scare her or anything like that.

It made me reflect on things. Despite having no job, no income and having to raid what I have left of a retirement account to pay bills, I reminded myself of a few things: I have a roof over my head, the ability to eat, the technology to keep looking for work and family and friends who have gone beyond what they should have to do to help me out at times.

Playing a little disc golf is another little thing in life that makes me smile.

I’ve stayed current with bills so my credit number doesn’t take a full nosedive and, for the most part, I’ve remained as positive as possible in this situation.

There are many people in this country who have it way worse than I do. In a day and age when politicians make oodles of money to make awful decisions, professional athletes make more in a year than many people will make in a lifetime, and countless amounts of money is dumped into worrying about things in other countries more than our own, I realize — for now — I’m actually OK in a way.

I remind myself of the little things, such as the following:

  • Being able to have a beer with a friend
  • Being able to brew my own beer!
  • Going out and finding a geocache
  • Going for a walk or a bike ride
  • Taking a photograph
  • Playing a round of disc golf
  • Reading a good book

These are all little things in life. Everyday occurrences that can make one smile or be happy to be alive.

And, unfortunately, some people aren’t in the situation to be able to enjoy the little things. It’s my hope, one day, when I get back on my feet that I can find a way to help people who have it worse than me. And  as much as I would love to help people in other countries, I’d really like to give back to my country because I am proud of who I am and where I’m from.

Everybody should have the ability to enjoy the little things. I realize that isn’t always going to be possible, and that’s a shame.

But it makes me reflect. And it makes me appreciate what I do have. And it makes me continue to fight to get ahead again, so one day I can hopefully give back.

Maybe then, the little things will make others happy, too.

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  1. Here’s to your positive attitude, P.J. I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. The way to rise above your own problems is to realize there are still folks worse off than yourself. And after all is said and done, you’re still lucky to be you. I hope things look up for you soon, though.
    nonamedufus recently posted..30DW2-2 – Day 19: Little ThingsMy Profile

    • Thanks, dufus. Appreciate it. I’ve tried, throughout this, to realize I don’t have it as bad as some and hopefully it won’t reach there.

  2. What a wonderful post! You’re right even at the worst of times we always can find a :little thing: to remind us that we are lucky to be alive.
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  3. I really admire your attitude in all of this P.J. It takes a strong person to face what you’re dealing with and still staying positive. I hope your wait will soon be over. :)
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    • Thanks, Ziva. I wish I could say my attitude is always like this, but I’d be lying. I try though!

  4. Thanks for sharing such a positive and upbeat post. You have a wonderful attitude in spite of your difficulties. I hope things turn around for you soon.
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  5. Staying positive in the face of hardship is a great quality to have…trust me, I could speak volumes on this topic.
    One of my daughter’s doctors likes to put the reality of life this way “When life hands you lemons, suck sour lemons.” It’s just another way to look at the hand that you are dealt.
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    • It’s a good way to look at things. It’s hard sometimes, that’s for sure, but I keep pushing forward! Thanks!

  6. You have an amazing attitude. Frankly, I’m positive things are going to get a lot better for you. You deal with adversity better than most people. It’ll all work out in the end. If it hasn’t worked out, that just means it’s not the end.
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    • Thanks, Linda, I appreciate it. I hope you’re right because it gets harder and harder to keep this attitude. I hope it works out soon!

  7. Hey P.J.! Wise words, my friend. And in an age of austerity, the little things that cost nothing but mean so much become the treasure of our lives. Indigo
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  8. The best thing about losing my job was learning to live with less. Now I can appreciate the little things so much more!
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    • I will agree that I’ve learned to live with less — and that’s a great thing. Now I just need to get that job so I can really put it to work and get my savings back up. 😉

  9. I feel your pain. For the last five years, I have been in a situation similar to yours. I now make it a habit to look at the little things and be thankful. It makes life more promising.

    I really enjoyed your post today. It took courage to share your feelings so openly. Keep up that great attitude and keep the attitude when things get better for you!
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    • I hope your situation is better now or getting better. And thanks for the comments I appreciate them :)

  10. I think I’ve asked you before what the P stands for in P.J. It’s gotta be Positivity. I hope things turn around for you soon.
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    • That would be a pretty cool first name. I like it. Maybe I should adopt it (despite not always being that way…) :)

  11. I officially want to drink some of your home brewed beer and then geocache with you!!!!
    Katherine recently posted..It’s The Little ThingsMy Profile

    • So far, I’ve only tried one of my home brews and it wasn’t too bad. I look forward to the future ones! And it’s always a fun time to go out caching with more people! I’m up for it if we’re ever in the same area!

  12. I love the fact that beer appears twice on your short list of little things. I could use a pint of the black stuff myself, now.

    One of these days, P.J., I hop things work out and you can stop worrying so much about the big things. We all deserve as many chances as we can get to relish the little things in life.
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    • Beer definitely should show up more than once! 😉

      And thanks, KZ. I appreciate the kind thoughts.

  13. Pat "the Bro" /

    I think that is my hand holding that wonderful black beer. If I am correct that was taken in Dublin at the Guinness warehouse, correct?

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