Let's admit it. We all have some complaints every day. "I wish I didn't have to go to work or school today". "My mom/dad/wife/husband/partner/kid is so annoying." "I got stuck in traffic. " "I'm tired." "I don't want to work out." "My cell phone battery is dead and I missed your text about Game of Thrones." "I gained five pounds". "My dog's breath smells."
Let's back up for a second.
Are you breathing? Were you able to get up this morning, walk over to the bathroom, do your business, turn on the TV and wonder why Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon splitting up is a top news story, and pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea? Then send a text just to say hi to a family member or friend?
If you answered yes to any of these, you're probably taking something large in life for granted, as am I. (Well, I hope you at least answered "yes" to breathing, otherwise I have a whole other reader base from the other side that I am unaware of.)
Anyways, point being-You're in good enough health to do these simple things.
When you have your health, you can do nearly anything. And when I say start "living", I don't mean go run to your nearest skydiving locale and start jumping out of planes or go backpack across Europe for six months. I am talking about taking the time to stop and appreciate the little things in life-being aware of all the small things that we often forget to notice, and the privileges that being healthy brings.
So here's my advice to start "living":
Stop complaining about the people in your life- be glad you have people surrounding you who care.
Stop complaining about being five pounds overweight-be glad you have food on your table and that you have an appetite to eat.
Stop complaining you're stuck in traffic- be glad you have a car and that you have the ability to drive.
Stop complaining that you need to go to the gym-be glad that you are healthy enough to exercise.
Stop complaining about running errands- be glad you get to get out of the house and have a fun day out and about.
Health is a gift that we need to step back and appreciate more. Be thankful for the good in your life and take each day as it comes. Who knows, it just might make you happy.