“Again with this?” I thought, groggy and annoyed, as Chewie tried, for the seventh time, to get back on the bed.
Chewie had always been a restless sleeper.
He’d jump off the bed, pace around, jump back on, and shuffle around looking for that “perfect” place to lie down.
Then he’d start again. It lasted all night long.
Even though it got on my nerves, I was used to it. Plus, I loved him so much…
But when Chewie started getting older, getting back on the bed was a lot harder for him.
Sometimes he’d have to try his jump several times before he could make it, and every attempt shook the whole bed.
On his worst nights, he woke me up once an hour.
It finally got so bad that on nights when I needed deep sleep, I put him outside my room.
Chewie and I were together for 13 years before he passed away three years ago, and to this day, I miss him and his restless nighttime behaviour.
Even as annoying as the pacing and bed jumping were at the time, I’d pay a ridiculous sum of money to have him right here beside me, interrupting my sleep every hour, for even one more night.
Believe me, I get how difficult it can be to treasure and appreciate annoying things while you’re experiencing them.
Whether it’s a nagging significant other, a lecture from your parents, or your dog’s restless nights, in the moment we just want them to stop.
But nothing in this life lasts forever, and one day, when that annoying thing or person is gone, you may wake up and realize just how much you miss it.
Always remember to appreciate what you have, while you still have it… even if it annoys you.
Can you think of something that you should appreciate more?