For some odd reason, it has taken me a long time to pull together this post on giving thanks, thankfulness, and the great holiday of Thanksgiving. You see, for so long Thanksgiving seemed like a “filler holiday”; a holiday full of food and family, but lacking the wonderment of the main event, aka Christmas. Thankfully (unintentional use, I swear…) over the last several years, the true meaning of Thanksgiving has begun to resonate within me and the holiday has evolved into a time of reflection, rejoicing in familial closeness, and thankfulness for this crazy life I am so fortunate to call my own.
Thanksgiving 2013 was celebrated in a series of episodes. I spent the actual day of Thanksgiving with my main man’s family in Chattanooga and the few days leading up to the big day, in Chicago with my family. However, to an extent I feel that I have been unconsciously, and at times extremely consciously, been pondering how fortunate I am to have my health, for being brought up in a family that places supreme importance on relationships with loved ones, for allowing myself to reach for the confidence that is essential to trust my gut and smarts, for my sense of adventure and wanderlust and the ridiculous number of role models that have ingrained that sense of adventure and wayfaring into my soul, and for the happiness and excitement I seek on a daily basis.
I don’t know how much of a person’s life is related to luck and good fortune, but I do know that I am utterly, completely, overwhelmingly thankful for this bizarre, goofy, exciting, courageous life I have been given. I love the wacky family that brought me up, the perfect little suburban town that I have called home for the majority of my life, the crazy, beautiful people I call my friends, and the big huge lake and even bigger mountains that shape my environment as I see it now. Might sound silly, but introducing that special someone to all that has touched my life and then being introduced to the people and places that touched his, brings even greater meaning to importance of gratitude towards the lives we live.
Happy Thanksgiving and have a holly jolly holiday season!