I’m So Lucky!

I’m a very lucky man. I didn’t alway think this. I used to fill my head with thoughts of how unlucky I was. “If only I was better looking. If only I’d been more popular at school. If only I’d been born with more innate talent.” That’s embarrassing.


Here’s why I’m lucky: I was born in western Europe to fairly well-off parents. I have both arms and both legs. I possess modest intelligence, near perfect eyesight and I can vaguely string an English sentence together in both spoken and written form.

But wait, there’s more:

General instances of good luck

My consciousness is attached to a human being – that’s lucky, I would hate to have been a slug, although I’ve always thought being an albatross would be kinda cool.

I am alive in 2013. I am alive in the internet age and I therefore have the opportunity to set up an online business and craft my own lifestyle. If I was a human at any time before a few years ago this wouldn’t have been possible. I would have done what I was told (by the boss / factory owner / feudal landlord / lord / king / chief / whoever).

Specific instances of good luck

Once upon a time I was a barely-employable “mac-monkey”, trudging round joyless London offices, performing the mind-numbing, repetitive tasks that no-one else wanted to do.

Only a few years later I was running a successful graphic design business from home. How? The following helped:

  • My freelance work meant I had time to work at home and build up my business whilst money was still coming in.
  • I was introduced to WordPress (the most popular website CMS on the internet) in 2005
  • I started blogging in 2006
  • My website looked shockingly bad from 2005-2007 but it didn’t matter then because the recession hadn’t happened yet.

I’m so lucky it’s embarrassing. I have to learn to be grateful.

I can do it

I hereby promise to wake up every morning and thank the universe for my position within it and experience of it.

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  1. says

    “I’ve always thought being an albatross would be kinda cool” – hold out Rob, nurse will be round with your medication soon. ;-)

    I know exactly what you mean. I say most of this myself frequently – usually I get blank stares.

    • says

      Well, any sort of bird really. It’s the flying aspect I like. I thought an albatross sounded better than a thrush! The good thing about blogging is you don’t see the blank stares! :)