This year, I find myself truly in the holiday spirit…and I don’t just mean that I’m hungry. And because it’s Thanksgiving, I’m serving up Three Things the proper way, with an extra helping.
I am thankful for my job that provides for all my needs and wants. I am grateful it has made me an even badder bitch than I ever thought possible and is lighting the way for the kind of human I want to be. Keep pushing me, I know there is more to be done.
I am thankful for my little apartment and the neighbors whose names I still don’t know, but nonetheless greet me with a warm smile no matter how crazy my hair looks very early in the morning or the fact my dog is likely pooping on the flowers. I am especially grateful for one neighbor who understands Friday afternoons are for dance parties and instead of hating me for terrible music, once knocked on the wall and asked me to turn it up so she could dance, too. Now, I just turn it up by default.
I am thankful for my family who are friends, and my friends who are family. Life simply wouldn’t be as joyous without you in it. I’m grateful for our laughs and our cries, our high fives and our hugs. Know that it is my sincerest pleasure to share gifs inappropriately early (or late), to mark emails as critically important if they include cute baby animals or good sales on that thing I know you’ve been wanting for yourself, to smile as I drop a surprise package off for no good reason other than I love you. If we’re apart this hallowed day of turkeys, I miss you.
Lastly, I’m thankful for books. It is, after all, the reason I’m here writing. I’m grateful that you filled my head with impractical dreams of worlds with dragons and happy endings despite all the odds. Thank you for letting me be alone while also making me feel not alone at times when I needed that. Thank you for this new path at an old dream where I get to read lots of brilliant things and write less brilliantly about them, even though it isn’t what wound up being what keeps the lights on. Thank you for being my go-to conversation starter: Hey, whatcha reading?
Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving – and a great many things from today until the next to be grateful for.