Today I am thankful…
First and foremost I am thankful to be on this earth another day and I hope that feeling of gratefulness for being alive never dulls. Because, truly, life is a gift and it is one I do not want to squander.
Today I am also thankful for…
My parents- who have always encouraged to me to chase my dreams. Who never set limits. Who honestly believed me when I said I would be the first female president. I am so lucky to have two wonderful role models to have taught me ‘everything I know’. Thank you for giving me a wonderful life. Thank you for always being proud. Thank you for always seeing the best in me.
My friends- who have always made me feel loved and cared for every day of my life. Friends of all ages, shapes, and sizes whom are woven into this amazing tapestry I call my life. Friends who give me courage to fight and a shoulder to cry on, hugs and love and heart-felt belly laughs. Friends who have taught me I am so much stronger than I ever thought possible. Thank you for making me brave. Thank you for making this life amazing!
My co-workers- who make every day a pleasure to be at work. So many smiles and stories. So much caring and fun. I am so fortunate to work with some of the most amazing people. I hope to never take this for granted…because a having a great job really makes my life so much easier and so much happier. Thank you for making my workday amazing which in turn makes my life pretty damn amazing!
My health- which makes me able to actively live my life. Long gone are all the nagging health issues, the painful joints, and the days of getting winded just climbing a flight of stairs. Today I give thanks for a healthy body and mind, endurance and strength, and of course the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound…wait….that’s not me. Ok, but the other stuff is and for that I am thankful.
My home- and not necessarily my little apartment per se (although I do love my little place) but that fact that I have a home. I have a roof over my head and food on the table every day. I have heat, and more importantly in Florida, I have air conditioning. I have a little car that takes me to and from work and all around town. I have my bikes. I have a bed and pillows and a blanket. I want for nothing. And I am guessing if you are reading this then you are probably in the same position as me (re: you have a home and food on the table) so let’s all just take pause and give thanks for that. Give thanks that we have all our basic human needs plus more. We are so very lucky.
My life- for which I am blessed with a pretty great one, if I do say so myself. My life is not the life I had a few years ago or even a few months ago but heck if it isn’t more than I ever dreamed possible. I am so lucky to be able to love and in turn be loved every day. I am so lucky to be able to set goals and achieve them, to imagine the craziest of dreams and watch them come true. I am thankful for all the people in my life, old and new, who have gotten me to where I am today. I am not alone on this journey, I never have been, and I hope you recognize that when I give thanks for this life that you are the reason I am able to be here today doing so. I love you all so very much. Thank you for making my little story something fantastic.
Yes, tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I plan on spending a lot of time reflecting on all of the things mentioned above, plus more I’m sure, that I have to be thankful for. But I hope that I can carry this feeling of overwhelming gratefulness forward, past Thanksgiving, past Christmas, and into my everyday non-holiday life where it belongs. Because what are we if not a reflection of those we surround ourselves with? And me, I am just a reflection of you and for that I am thankful. Your awesomeness makes me awesome. Your love makes me both loving and lovable. Your kindness and compassion makes me strive to be kind and compassionate all the days of my life.
So, here’s to you- my friends, my loves, my soulmates- THANK YOU!
Love and hugs-