November 23, 2011

Things I'm thankful for, part 1

When thinking about what I'm thankful for, I often find myself with a list that includes items both tangible and non-tangible. I thought I'd split them up into two separate posts this week, to sandwich the actual Thanksgiving Holiday. Today's post will be the more serious and meaningful of the two—I feel like it's appropriate to post the sillier/more superficial items on the oft dreaded Black Friday.

So what am I thankful for? Absolute loads. But here are a few items I particularly appreciate.

The love of a wonderful man

There were times in my life that I wondered if I'd ever find "Mr. Right." There were other times in my life when I thought I'd be better off without him. But for more than 10 years now, I've been in love with a man who's better than I ever imagined Mr. Right could be. Things haven't always been easy in our relationship—for five years we were on opposite sides of the country and didn't often speak—but all of the trials (and other, failed relationships) led us back to where we belonged: with each other. There's nothing we can't do together.

Friends and family and friends who are family

After moving to Texas kind of on a whim, it's taken me a while to make good friends. But now I have quite a few that I can see myself growing old with, even if we eventually live in different states. And although we unfortunately don't live near all of our family (or have a transporter) we are able (and make an effort) to see most of them at least once a year. I've never felt more loved than I do by all the wonderful people that surround me, and when we get together in person, converse via email, or speak via on the phone or video chat, I hope that I make it clear how much they mean to me. (All of you online friends are included in this category as well. You're such lovely people, and I hope you know that.)

Good health

I don't have the best immune system in the world, so it might seem like I am sick often. But colds, allergies and general malaise (a.k.a laziness) are trivial when compared to other illnesses I could have. I, for the most part, am a healthy human being, and I should value this more.

Living in a first world country

So America's not perfect. But, really, is any country? I would much rather live here, where I have a roof over my head, running water, access to food 24-7, etc. than in a poor country where I live in a shack, have to walk three miles for clean water and spend my days foraging for food. I am also ever so grateful for being born into a country where the people can effect change, as hard as it seems to do.

Having a good job

There are days there I cannot stand my job; I think we all have them. But my job is secure and often fun. I work in my degree field, and continue to grow as a writer and editor. I'm afforded new experiences, allowed to freelance on the side and get well-compensated for what I do. My job allows me to buy things when I want them, put money away for a rainy day, and have a little leeway when unexpected emergencies arise. When I hear of people who lose their jobs and cannot find new ones, I just want to hold on tight to the better-than-average one that I have.

What are you most thankful for in your life?


  1. you and our future together <3

  2. Anon-I love you!

    Zoë-How sweet. :)

  3. Happy Thanksgiving! When it all boils down to it, I'm grateful for my health, and I have the gift of Choice, in terms of friends, career, health, and down-right living.

    Enjoy the holidays!