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Have you ever wondered what people thank you for most often? I started thinking about this as part of a writing exercise, and it would’ve been a very difficult question if it wasn’t for recently leaving my job, the city where I was living, and having to say a lot of goodbyes; so as I write this now, farewells and thank yous are fresh in my mind.
When saying their goodbyes and facing the prospect of not seeing someone for a long time, some people open up and say very nice things. We usually dislike farewells, but when thinking about the sweet words my friends and family came out with during this particular time, smiles come to my face.
Apart from mentioning how much fun we’d had together, or how much they will miss me, they thanked me for being there for them, for motivating them to eat more healthily, for sharing my recipes, and cooking for them; for being positive and enthusiastic, and for encouraging them to go back or start going to the gym. Some even said I inspired them to be better!, they thanked me for being someone who helped them realise their potential to change things in their lives, and for nagging them when they ate junk food! Haha! – nah I don’t do that, trust me!
It was really touching to hear from a couple of friends and colleagues, and even from my mom! how much they had learned from me. Ever since I once had the opportunity to be an actual teacher for a short period of time (and given my lack of patience), I realised how difficult this job is. So I never considered myself someone able to teach anything. But I guess when you love what you do, people can learn by example, and not from your helpless efforts.
Scanning through what’s on the internet about this question –“what people thank you for“, I found some interesting articles. It seems that if you pay close enough attention, and keep track of what people often thank you for, you’ll discover your potential; this will reveal your real passions and purpose in life … wow!
It all makes sense to me now. I never thought about it before, but I’m glad that reflecting on this question, I’ve come to realise what I actually love doing! And I’m so happy helping others be healthier, and fitter! If my lifestyle can inspire others, and if people can learn from me, now that I know this is possible, I’d be super happy to take this opportunity. Because even if it is an ounce of curiosity, if I made you wonder for a second about your health and life habits, then we have a lot to talk about!
Here’s a photo of those happy farewells and some of the people mentioned above. To them: thank YOU for thanking me 🙂