On a rainy Thanksgiving Monday, in between sips of hot coffee while listening to the rain outside (still in my pajamas of course), I’d like to take some time to describe the people and things that I am thankful for in my life. Like a lot of things in life, this should be a frequent practice in your everyday life, but taking the time on this special day helps to make sure that you do it at least once every year. So here goes…
I AM THANKFUL FOR MY MOTHER, D. Acting as both Mom and Dad for myself and my three younger siblings has forever made her a Super Hero in my books. I will never be able to understand how she was able to accomplish this feat. All I know is that I am a better person for all that she has done for me, and continues to do to this day. She taught me so much, including my love of reading and writing, which I am eternally grateful for. To know that someone always ‘has your back’ is a special and irreplaceable gift. On top of that, she is also a wonderful person; smart, athletic, funny, sympathetic, hard-working, and beautiful.
I AM THANKFUL FOR MY BROTHER, S. Being the closest sibling in age to myself, he was the ‘annoying little brother’ that followed me and my friends around when we were younger. Luckily, as soon as we hit our teenage years, we became much closer. He’s been through a lot in his life, and I am so proud of the man that he has become. He is smart, driven, compassionate, funny, giving, and of course ‘ridiculously good-looking’ (Zoolander). I truly consider him one of my good friends, as well as my brother.
I AM THANKFUL FOR MY BROTHER, M. I would describe him as a typical middle child…a ‘misfit’ really. He always seemed on the ‘outskirts’ of our family somehow, even from a young age. He didn’t participate or even speak much. But I was (and still am) always amazed at how smart he was and what he was interested in. He was the ‘typical’ boy; loved taking things apart and putting them back together, usually in totally different ways. He was glued to the Discovery Channel from a young age and knew so many ‘facts’, seemingly about anything and everything. They say that ‘geniuses’ are often anti-social and ‘in their own worlds’ a lot of the time. That was totally him. He has definitely been through his own ups and downs (especially more recently) but I think he’s only become a better person for it. I am so proud of who he has become, and continues to grow to be. He is super smart, ambitious, hard-working, driven, funny, and truly handsome.
I AM THANKFUL FOR MY SISTER, S. Being the baby of the family, she definitely had her share of spoilage. We are 15 years apart in age, so I feel like I helped raise her more than my other two siblings. I will always remember walking down the street with her or in the mall (from a very young age) and literally everyone we passed saying hello to her…she’s always been so social! So opposite of me. I feel privileged to be able to pass down some of my ‘wisdom’ to her (especially as I don’t yet have any children of my own). As she continues to try to find her way in this crazy world (as I still am myself!), I look forward to helping her out in any way that I can. I can’t wait to see the woman that she becomes. She is outgoing, social, funny, emotional, and truly uniquely beautiful.
I AM THANKFUL FOR MY BOYFRIEND, L. We definitely have any interesting ‘path to Love’ story; beginning with a brief ‘crash and burn’ crack at dating, and then continuing in friendship for 5 years before a ‘Take 2’ at dating each other. Even though it had its ups and downs, I love ‘our story’. Our ‘Take 2’ has lasted almost 2 years now, and it’s still going strong. I am so proud of who he is: a great son, brother, and uncle, a very talented writer, smart, funny, loving, supportive, honest, communicative, handsome, etc. The ability to deal with and understand my ‘moods’ is huge as well! I’ve never been with someone before who knew the real ‘me’ (the good, the bad, and the ugly) and truly loved ALL of me. I’m excited to see what the future has in store for us and how we’re able to tackle life together, as a true team. Go Team L & L!
I AM THANKFUL FOR MY OLDEST FRIENDS, G & A. Friends since junior high/high school don’t usually stick around for the ‘long haul’. Thankfully, these two have and I am so grateful. One of the best feelings in life is to know that there is someone (besides your family) that was there for some of the major events in your life, and has seen you grow from an awkward, self-conscious youngster into the adult that you are today. To be able to share ‘remember-when’ stories together is such a blessing. I love the saying ‘you can’t make new old friends’…it is so very true. I am so proud of these two friends of mine and so glad that we continue to support each other, no matter how near or far away we are.
I AM THANKFUL FOR MY AUNT, L. Like most people, I have an assortment of quirky and lovable aunts and uncles in my family. I love them all, but this Aunt holds a particularly special place in my Heart. I consider her my second Mother, as she helped to raise my siblings and I since we were born. I remember school lunch times spent at her house, along with many days after school and on weekends playing around with my four cousins and their various animals (usually adorable cats). She is another ‘soft spot to land’ in my life and I am so grateful to have her in my life. She has been through so much in her life (too much), and yet she continues to be one of the most selfless people I know. Her generosity and support know no bounds and I am so proud to have someone like her in my life.
I AM THANKFUL FOR new friends that I’ve met over the past few years. I’m definitely not one to have a ton of ‘acquaintances’. I prefer to have a few really close friends. I’ve had friends come and go, and some stay around, over the last few years and I am thankful for them all. They have all contributed something to my life, big or small.
I AM THANKFUL FOR my current job that helps me pay the bills and helps to provide a steady ‘routine’ for my life.
I AM THANKFUL FOR my good health. I am lucky enough to have never had any major surgery and rarely get sick (knock on wood). I try not to take this for granted and continue to work on my path to true wellness every day.
I AM THANKFUL FOR the apartment that my boyfriend and I share. It is cozy and it is our first apartment together so it will hold a special memory for us someday.
I AM THANKFUL FOR living on the West Coast of Canada. It is truly beautiful here, with the mountains, beautiful weather, and abundance of nature. I am lucky to live in such a beautiful corner of the world.
I AM THANKFUL FOR the many freedoms allowed to me in this day and age. The freedom to work, wear whatever clothing I want, vote, have this blog to express my thoughts, etc. Many people do not have the kinds of freedom that I do and I am so grateful that I am lucky enough to have these freedoms.
I AM THANKFUL FOR YOU, the person who is reading my blog. Thank you for your interest in my life, and my goals and dreams, however big or small. I am thankful that there can be community found online, where we can all support each other and our own individual life stories.
FOR ANYONE OR ANYTHING I HAVE NOT MENTIONED ABOVE, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!!!
** For your listening pleasure, please enjoy one of my favorite 90’s bands, Boyz II Men, sing ‘Thank You’ below **