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I am thankful for a lot of things. The typical: I have a job and a car, I have medical benefits, I have a home, and I can eat. Except for my weight, I am in general good health.
There are more things to be thankful for in life. True, these are the most necessary, but there are so many more.
First, I am thankful for my mother. Always. There was a 12 year period where I was so angry with my mother that I couldn’t see anything else but that. We finally worked out our issues and she is my closest friend today. I never want to live a day without her because even at our worst, I know that she still loved me as terrible as I was and as bad as we were for one another. She didn’t let that stop her from loving me and trying to teach me to be a good person, a strong and independent person.
I am thankful for the strong bond I experienced growing up in a large family. While my brothers and I grew up in poverty, we never knew it. Everyone else in our family made sure we never saw that. The sentiment of a village rings very true for how I grew up. Everyone pitched in to help.
I am thankful I was an eavesdropper. I would sit around at family gatherings and listen to the old folks’ stories. I learned so many things about my relatives and got to relive those moments. I don’t think I will ever be as good a storyteller as they were. This also helped me appreciate people – something I don’t see in the students I teach.
I am thankful for being the oldest. I had to learn how to be independent and successful. For all intents and purposes, I raised my three younger brothers while being an excelling, A-honor roll student. It made me be responsible and accountable. It made me grow up well beyond my years and took away some of my childhood, it made be a better person. I am still more mature than people my age.
I am thankful for the incredible people I met at university. I worked in a handful of university offices, and I was blessed to have the wisdom of several strong and caring women handed down to me. I don’t think I would have survived the ups and downs of friendships, relationships, workships, and all the rest that goes along with being a young person out in the world without them.
I am thankful for my failed engagement. It taught me just how strong I was and it taught me how to be by myself. I found out how to be happy with myself.
I am thankful for Baby. She is the light of my life and I am forever thankful that I made D go back and look at her at the shelter. Because of the way things ended, she came with me and I will never regret that for a minute. She has made me immensely happy and she loves unconditionally. She’s the best dog.
I am thankful for the amazing friends I have. While I have one that lives just down the street, and others that live too far away, I love them all and they never cease to surprise me.
I am thankful for the man. He has shown me the kind of partner I want, that I have been looking for. He treats me with respect, he lets me make decisions, he values my input, he thinks of me, he adores Baby. This is something I have never fully had in my relationships before, it is something I was looking for, and I found it. I appreciate him for all of the things he is and all that he does for me.
What are you thankful for?