Happy Thanksgiving

frozen light in a snow weekend, MANZANEDA ☃

Image by Paulo Brandão via Flickr

So it is the time of year where you see lots of “thankful for” posts. While I disagree with the need for a holiday to take inventory of the important people in ones lives, or the things one is thankful for I think if it gets people to take a moment and think about things then it’s all good!
So where do I begin? I really have a blessed life. So much to be thankful for…
I have THREE families. First there is my family, Robb and I. Robb has been such a great support to me and a friend. My biological family and my to-be in-law family make up my other two families. My real family and I have had many ups and downs over the years. As i have gotten older I have tried to forge better relationships with the rest of my family. Robb’s family is amazing. Ever since I attended my first holiday, and really even before that, like the first time I met anyone from his family, I was welcomed like family. Living 1000 miles from my family it is really nice to have a family here.

I would also like to give thanks for the warm bed I get to sleep in at night, and the food that fills our bellies. I am so thankful that someone finally was able to help me get a handle on my chronic pain.

It’s so hard to pin down just a few things to be thankful for really. It almost makes me feel selfish when I think of all the things I am thankful for. I am thankful for the laughter shared among friends, the smiles from strangers when you do something nice and unexpected.

There are the material things too that I am thankful for, which is a list that has changed so much in the last year. I am thankful for my YWCA membership, swimming pools, elliptical machines, recumbent bikes, Coke zero, 24-hour grocery stores, clearance racks (so I can buy smaller clothes), my iPod touch and hummus.

Yes it is a mash-up of a list, and just a sample of my thankful list but over the last 2 weeks I have spent copious amounts of time thinking about just how lucky I am. I try to spend some time every month taking stock in my life.
You never know how important someone was until they are gone. Please take time this holiday to tell people you love them. Be safe, drive responsibly (designate a driver and wear a seatbelt Please!!!!).

Happy Thanksgiving.

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