Today’s a day of gratitude. And I realize this is going to sound cheesy and probably self-righteous, but stick with me for a minute.

Today is World Water Day. It’s a day for celebration, awareness, and motivation. I’ve traveled to and spent time in countries where clean water isn’t readily available, where water is a hot commodity, and where waiting for hours – even days – for clean water is the norm. And while I don’t feel right saying ‘I get it,’ I can say that it’s humbling. And no, I don’t think about it everyday and yes, I sometimes let the water run while I brush my teeth. But it’s just a nice grounding point/reality check for the day.

But today I also have to be thankful that I’m fortunate enough to be where I am: that I have a support system that allows me to take this time to think about what I want to do. Maybe it’s because I watched a Maggie Gyllenhaal movie this morning and she happens to (almost) always play a poor, down-on-her-luck heroine who’s struggling to make ends meet but still happens to pull through with flying colors, so it’s on my mind. But it’s a pretty fortuitous position to be in, and I get that.

And it’s Friday!

Moral of the story, from the tops of my soapbox, thank you.  Bear with me, but I know it’ll be worthwhile in the end.