Partial list of the things I (and by “I” of course I mean “we”) take for granted:
Mobile Phone – Easy one, right? It wasn’t that long ago we didn’t have them. Now, if it breaks it’s like you have been set to sea without a sail.
Electricity – You know how when the power goes out there’s that background hum that goes away…that you didn’t even know was there until it wasn’t?
Indoor Plumbing – If you haven’t ever been camping (real camping, like backwoods stuff) where the only hat tip to bathroom facilities is a good shovel…you should try it if only to fully appreciate the technology behind indoor plumbing.
Medical Care – Ever heard about how we live so much longer these days? How long do YOU plan to live? I wonder if you have talked to a doctor about that lately.
Food – When I was a kid they opened a Jack in the Box down the street from my neighborhood. My buddy and I used to figure out a way to scrape together enough coins to buy a small fry or two. I GPS’d it today. That was a 1.3 mile walk one way. We loved it. Today the fridge probably has tastier stuff in it than those fries. I GPS’d it….27 feet.
Fuel – It is a rare thing in this country to have fuel shortage concerns….until a natural disaster hits. Then everything seems contingent on fuel!
Jobs – A good job becomes routine…until you no longer have it. Define “good” however you want. Lots of variables to consider.
Pets – They are pesky, sometimes smelly, they are a chore, and on occasion delightful. But they are simply one color in the tapestry of life….until they are gone. And then you realize that they were much more than just a color, perhaps more like a part of the fabric of your life.
People – Similar to pets….but taller.
Time – There is always tomorrow until there isn’t.
What did I miss?