See the final results of my 30 Days of Gratitude challenge here: 30 Days of Gratitude: Final Reflections.
I believe today would be a day most people would complain about – my car was recalled for a defective airbag AGAIN, when I just fixed the airbag last year. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t irritated, but my gratitude practice reminds me that I have many things to be thankful for. So here we go:
- I own a car in the first place. My parents bought me this car when I was 21. That means I don’t have monthly car payments like many people. Most kids don’t have their parents buy them a car outright. Even though the recalls are annoying, I’d much rather have a car and have recalls than not have a car and not have recalls.
- I found out about the recalls instead of getting hurt. I believe ~10 people have been killed by these defective airbags, and ~100 injured. I am very lucky that I received the first recall notice without getting hurt. And I am very lucky that I received the second recall notice without getting hurt as well. Like playing with fire!
- I was able to get an appointment to fix the car the coming Monday. That seems pretty fast, for the biggest recall in auto history.
- Last time my car got recalled, I got a rental car replacement. I really needed one immediately, since I had a trip and needed to drive to the airport. And it was pretty good – since I told them I was willing to take any car, I was able to get a Hyundai Elantra that was rejected 3 (!!) times before it came to me. It was a lot nicer than my normal car, actually. 😛
- The Honda dealer has wifi. Car service is never fun, but having wifi makes it a lot better! It means that I can work there, instead of just wasting the hours. They also offer free coffee and a pastry, which I never take them up on, but I appreciate the touch. I also appreciate how their bathrooms are nice and clean – for someone with stomach problems, a clean bathroom is gold.
What are you thankful for?