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Respect Your Damn Socks!

Have you ever thought about the plight of your favorite pair of socks? The trials they must endure every single day?

They are indeed the unsung hero of the clothing world. But, just like socks, there are many things (and people) in life that we take for granted. That's right, today's post is all about "taking for granted" - the silent yet powerful force that sneaks into our lives and how we can begin to shift that narrative.

As we all assume, our socks will always be in the drawer waiting for us each morning, afternoon, or night. We often overlook the consistent, everyday blessings in our lives. These could be our health, homes, friends, family, or even the host at your favorite fancy restaurant, who, without fail, knows your preferred seating and which cocktail to send to your table. (now, I haven't experienced this yet, but it is on my bucket list to become the guy who has been blessed to have experienced this)

First things first, (I papa..okay, I was having a Biggie Smalls moment, back to the article) let's be clear about what "taking for granted" really means. In short, it's the habit of forgetting to appreciate the sock-like entities in our lives: the people, situations, or things we count on always to be there, no matter what. We're all guilty of it, and don't worry; it doesn't make you a full-on monster, just an MIT student. (Monster In Training..I am kidding, laugh a little).

After all, who hasn't muttered, "Oh man, the Wi-Fi's down AGAIN?" this cable company sucks without remembering that a few decades ago, the concept of Wi-Fi was as foreign as socks with sandals (which can still be considered a mystery).

Being taken for granted is like being a forgotten corner of the internet, buried deep within the digital abyss. You're that webpage nobody stumbles upon, that abandoned forum where crickets hold their annual conventions, and those unread travel reviews that make you question your existence. So, how do we stop taking these things for granted?

Well, first and foremost, let's celebrate our damn socks - literally and figuratively. By this, I mean start appreciating the everyday heroes in your life. Say thank you to the people who mean the most to you; compliment the people fighting on your side of this thing called life. Hug your loved ones a little tighter, and spend time with them. Damnit, thank your socks for their undying loyalty and dedication to you and your feet.

Next, remember that nothing is permanent. The Wi-Fi that was down today might be gone tomorrow, and you'll be stuck playing 'solitaire' on your computer and partying like it's 1999. Cherish what you have while you have it. And remember, it could always be worse - you could be sockless and no longer be in that drawer you open up daily.

Lastly, practice gratitude. This one may seem like a cliché, but clichés are clichés for a reason. Take a few moments each day to acknowledge the things and people you're thankful for. You'll be surprised at the wonders it can do for your perspective.

In the grand scheme of things, we're all just socks in the drawer of life, hoping to be appreciated.

Till next time, keep those feet warm and your hearts grateful, my friends!

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