Reason #35 to Keep Living: Comfort, Coziness, and Cats

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It has taken me the past four years or so to realize the importance of physical comfort and coziness. Oh, and did I mention cats? Cats always help. Always.

If you study the picture above, you’ll see a squishy armchair, two blankets, a window letting in light from outside, a book, and two cats. These are all elements that make up my own personal coziness. You’ll have your own recipe for comfort and coziness, and that’s fine. Not everybody likes cats.

The important thing is that you have this personalized recipe — in fact, it is important that you not only have it but have it memorized, have it within easy reach for those days that knock your brain out one ear and back in the other. Those days that squeeze your lungs until you’re certain they’ll pop. Those days that are anything but comfortable.

Here are some suggestions:

  1. Stay warm.
  2. Eat homemade food.
  3. Stretch.
  4. Drink tea.
  5. Walk around the block.
  6. Pet an animal (preferably one that’s furry).
  7. Get some sunshine, whether it’s artificial (from a sunlamp) or authentic.
  8. Make something with your hands.
  9. Take a hot shower.
  10. Remember a day, however uncomfortable, is just a day. There will be many, many more — all kinds! — and they will all contain small, precious things, like blankets and books and cats.

Be kind to yourself. Stay cozy.


If you have a reason to keep living, whether it be big or small, simple or complex, send it with a photo and a brief explanation to erica-mck@hotmail.com. Your photo and writing will be featured on the Amber Typewriter in weeks to come!


Read the original post of 101 Reasons to Keep Living to discover the genesis of this project, or catch up on any posts you might have missed here

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