Fact: my friends are cooler (and smarter, more talented, prettier, funnier, etc.) than me (note: for the grammar nerds who are thinking, “shouldn’t this be ‘than I am,'” read this). That’s largely because I don’t hang out with people who are stupid, ignorant, or otherwise inconsiderate ingrates. I think I’ve become even more stringent with this filter over the past year or so. Life is too short, so why not seek out the people who make us better.
Is it possible to be thankful for creativity? For art? For great ideas? Not sure if gratitude is the right emotion but I feel something to that end for people whose brains fire on different cylinders than mine.