It’s Thanksgiving Day.
For me, it’s a day of reflection, family, friends, and food.
I don’t always stop to think and consider how good my life is. I need to do that much more often, but I am usually too busy living my good life to stop and appreciate it.
So today I am trying to fix that problem. I am well aware that Thanksgiving Day is a rather cliche time for being thankful, but really what better day than today?
Family is so easily taken for granted. When you’re growing up, your family is who you see and live with every single day. It’s easy to just get used to life always seeing your parents and siblings. And that is how it was for me.
But life has changed. I am out on my own, and I don’t get to see my family that often. Now when I have to chance to visit my family, I am surprised by how much I miss them and by how quickly time is moving. In hindsight, it’s easy to see that I had a good family and childhood.
Some of my friends have become like family, and I am making an effort to appreciate them now. I have some of the greatest friends. Friends who like me for who I am, and who have become an integral part of my life. These are friends who know me as well if not better than my actual blood family. My friends are people who I have learned to trust and who have supported me.
It almost goes without saying that I am also extremely thankful for my job. I am incredibly lucky. I have a job that I love, a great boss, and am compensated quite well. Not everyone grows up to have their dream job, but somehow I did. I owe my job to my “grandpa Danny” who recommended me. He passed away but the effects of everything he did for me will last my entire lifetime.
As soon as I’m done writing, I’m headed out to grab some sparkling cider and pies before spending the rest of today with my uncle, aunt, and cousins.
When I actually think about all of this, it’s a little hard to believe how good I have it. It’s going to be a good day, and I am thankful for everything that has made my life so great.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!