Still Grateful

Posted on: May 6, 2014

Lately I’ve seen the words “blessed, not stressed” all over social media, often meant as a response to finals stress.  While I like that this sentiment of gratitude is becoming more widespread, I think there may be a better way to express it.

I am, and always have been, grateful for my education.  I cannot thank my parents enough for giving me the opportunities to study what I love at a great university, and pursue whichever path I choose.

And speaking as a woman, I’m grateful to come from a part of the world where it was never even a question whether I could safely go to school.

But people get stressed for many reasons.  I am prone to anxiety.  Sometimes it’s apparent to others and sometimes it’s not, but it often reminds me of its presence during exam periods.

Do I get stressed sometimes?  Yes.  But the short-lived moments of “I can’t do it anymore” in no way conflict with my deep feelings of gratitude.  One can feel overwhelmed for a moment, and still understand how good their life, is in the grand scheme of things. “Blessed not stressed” makes it sound like these feelings are mutually exclusive, but no one should ever be made to feel that their vulnerabilities make them a less grateful person.

So if you’re struggling this week, do whatever makes you feel a little more at ease. Commiserate with friends if it makes you feel any better. Take care of yourselves, and look out for each other, now and always. Because it gets better, and there’s always something good on the horizon to look forward to.


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