The holidays always seem to be a time for reflection and this year is no exception. With Thanksgiving being tomorrow (here in the U.S. anyway) I decided to take some time out and list some of the things that I am thankful for this year. I wish that I took the time out to be thankful more often, because once a year really isn’t often enough when you have a life that is as blessed as mine. Here are some of the things that I am particularly thankful for this year:
- My Family- Both my immediate and extended family are a treasure to me. I may bitch about them much of the time, but when it comes right down to it, I don’t know what I would do without them. My family members are some of my best friends. They are always there when I need them to offer their help and support. Through both tradgedy and celebration this year, I have grown even closer to my husband’s family and for that I am very thankful.
- Zach- He gets a category all his own. My son has taught me so much about myself in the last 17 months. He has taught me the true meaning of unconditional love. He has taught me how to have more patience than I ever knew was possible. He has taught me how to sit back and enjoy the small pleasures in life. My life has never been the same since I found out a little over two years ago that I was pregnant with him.
- Home- As a kid my family moved around quite a lot. I never really felt like I had a “home” until now. Even though we don’t own our house (we rent) we have stayed in one place for over three years now. Hubby and I have created a life and a family in this house. This house and even the city it exists in have become “home” to me.
- My job- I complain a lot about my job. We all know that it isn’t my ideal work situation, but it could be much, much worse. I have a boss who is very understanding and supports me in whatever ways he can. He allows me to put my family first and take time off when I need to care for my son. When I get in a jam with day care, he lets me bring Zach to work with me or take my work home. Plus, the occassional bonuses are really nice. If I have to work outside the home, I suppose this is the best place for me to be. I think I have finally come to terms with that.
- The Internet- I know it sounds cheesy, but I seriously never would have guessed how much a computer and a broadband connection would change my life. My family web site allows me to keep my entire family up to date on what is going on in our lives. Zach’s grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other various family members can all watch him grow up even from hundreds of miles away. This blog has allowed me to meet many amazing new friends that I never would have met otherwise. It has helped me to come out of my shell and be myself both online and in the real world.
- Music- I’ve often said that if I had to choose between losing my sight or losing my hearing I would choose to lose my hearing. The two hardest things about not hearing would be that I couldn’t hear my child laugh (which I could give up if I could still see the smile on his face) and I couldn’t listen to music. Music means so much to me. Rarely a day goes by that I don’t listen to some kind of music. Music is the soundtrack to my life. Songs bring my memories back to life. For example, when I hear a song like “Push It” I am automatically taken back to my high school days. I can see myself standing in my sister’s bathroom, braiding my hair, and getting pumped up for the volleyball game that I was about to go play in. It feels like it was yesterday. That memory and many, many others are so much more vivid because they are connected to a certain song that I can play over and over again on a whim. My life would be so different without music. Music can take me from depressed to happy, from angry to mellow, from happy to nostalgic. I don’t know what I would do without it.
- Friends- Some days I don’t feel like I have a friend in the world and other days I feel so loved. I have very few really good friends in my life, but the ones I do have are friends for life. They always seem to know just when I need them, and I honestly don’t know what more I could ask for. I know that I don’t always reciprocate the love that they show me and I feel terrible about that. They surely deserve all of that and more. I am so thankful that I have them to share the ups and downs of my life with.
So, what are you thankful for?