I’ve been seeing plenty of folks posting Facebook statuses about what they’re thankful for today. But far be it from me to be succinct enough to boil my thoughts down to a few sentences. So here’s the long version of what I’m thankful for.
I’m thankful for my health. What I have of it, anyway. Yeah, I’m still overweight, my blood pressure is still not where I want it to be, and my back is beginning to cash the checks my flat feet have been writing all these years with frightening regularity. But I won’t be checking out any time soon, and I can still do the things I want to do with my life with little difficulty. I might huff and puff a bit at the top of a staircase, but at least I can still climb that staircase.
I’m thankful for my friends. They’ve put up with a lot from me over the last year, and their support has been unwavering. That goes for the ones I see in person and the ones I only see virtually. You’re all good people. Now how about letting me win some board games every once in a while?
I’m thankful for my family. They’ve been every bit as supportive, but then again, we’re related, they kind of have to be. Even if distance and time don’t let us see each other as much as we’d like, we’ve stayed connected. Which is why I suppose my parents have bugged out for the Carolina shore this weekend to get the hell away from us for a while. But they’ve earned a little peace and quiet.
I’m thankful for technology. It’s the reason that even though I’ll be alone most of the day, I won’t be alone. I’ll chat with friends online or via phone or text. I’ll let the real world in via my television. I’ve got tons of movies and games to pass the time. They can be incredible distractions sometimes, but all my gadgets are really a big part of what keeps me sane on a day-to-day basis. So don’t judge me if you catch me playing Temple Run.
I’m thankful for my creativity. I don’t always do everything with it I want to, or that I think I’m capable of doing. But I love being able to surprise myself with an idea. I love being inspired by the ideas of others. I love having some small, crude ability to put those ideas down into words. My life would be so much duller if I didn’t imagine little dramas playing out when I listen to a song, or if I didn’t see some weird connection between two seemingly unrelated things. It’s kind of fun being in my head sometimes.
Most of all, I’m just thankful. Last night while I was playing trivia, they asked as a bonus question what the one thing we were most thankful for, and I couldn’t narrow it down. So I just wrote down, “Everything.” Sure, not every turn has gone my way over the last few years, but I’m not living in a cardboard box, I’m not digging my belongings out of the rubble, and I’m not watching rockets getting lobbed at me. All in all, I’ve got it pretty good. Not perfect, but where would the fun be in that?
So enjoy your parades and your football and your food and your friends and your family, and be thankful for every last bit of it. And not just today, but every day. All the good things are there for you all the time. Don’t wait for November every year to recognize that.