Every year on Thanksgiving, people flood their social media thankful for “family and friends” and whatever else they are “blessed” with this holiday season. I’ve typically steered away from doing things like that. It’s too phoned in for me, so I always tell people individually that I’m thankful for them. I usually pick a person that I’m either newly thankful for, so has made a significant impact on me that year.
This year I’m thankful for more than usual, so here we go. One is my job that allows me to pay my bills most importantly, but also get to see and experience things I never thought I would. I often complain about it because it’s just plain not easy. Those closest to me know what I deal with day in and day out, but when it comes down to it, I am pretty lucky.
I am beyond grateful for the newest addition to my life this year. My life is richer for having him in it. Every day I can count on him to make me laugh, listen to me vent, and be able to relate to all the challenges and triumphs no matter how big or small. I sometimes wonder what I did right for him to be brought into my life, but I can’t even express how thankful I am for it. It couldn’t have happened at a better time. Many people wait a lifetime for a friend they can count on like I can with him, and I am so lucky to have already found that. I can’t wait for all there is to come this next year!
I’m thankful for the renewal of my friendship with my other person. Having her move away was difficult and I miss her every day. Despite not having seen her for what seems like an eternity, I feel like we’ve reconnected this year. I’m so thankful I had a friend like her to get me through college, but even more thankful that neither of us will let distance break that bond.
And as always, I’m thankful for my mom and dad. They are so supportive as I continually try to be more independent. I couldn’t do it without them. Having a friend that doesn’t get to experience this makes me even more thankful for what I have. They did something right raising me. I can’t imagine my life without them.
I have an incredible network of family and friends that I don’t get to see very often, but I know they are always there. They were spread even farther apart this year, but they remain close to my heart.
That’s about as sappy as I can be this year. I’ve already cried twice writing this. It’s time to get ready to go spend the day with the part of the family we got to choose. I’ll be giving my favorite little girls extra special hugs when I see them. Hope everyone takes a moment to count their blessings this Thanksgiving.