From what I understand, it is currently Thanksgiving in the United States. Although we do not celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia, hearing mention of this has gotten me to thinking.
What is it exactly that I am thankful for in my life? I thought I would share my rough draft list with you.
I am thankful for my wonderful partner who has shown me that I am a person worth caring for. He built me up out of straw and I am always thankful that he entered my life.
I am thankful for my bestie. He is someone I can always turn to when I need to have a rant at the world, or cry, or need a laugh. He has been there for me through thick and thin and I value his friendship greatly.
I am thankful for my family. Not my entire family mind you. Just the ones who make an effort to be in my life and who genuinely care for me. Unlike some people, I don’t believe that you must automatically care about someone because you happen to share some genetic material. Those that claim to care deeply for every single person they are somehow related to are full of it.
I am thankful that I have found a wonderful place to work and am surrounded by caring, passionate people. My new workplace has given me so much in the nearly 4 months that I have been a part of the office.
I am thankful for the people who spend so much of their own lives to improve or protect the lives of those around them.
As for nature, my list would include: cute puppies and awesome elephants, the sound and smell of rain, the crispness of a bay breeze. Oh there is just too much to list.
I am thankful for the person who made chocolate a global food and for those responsible for the mass production of those yummy treats. Also, thanks should go out to whoever it was who discovered the wonderful versatility of the potato.
I am thankful for those that can have a laugh at life.
Writers, musicians and artists who fill our lives with beauty and wonder
People who make the alcohol to see us through our parties (especially baby showers and other forced social events… shudder)
I am thankful that I have the ability to be thankful. It would be awful to go through life never realising the wonderful people, places and things that you have around you.