Wind It Up: Thanksgiving Gratitudes 2010

Every year, I write a list of what I’m thankful for. I’ve been doing it for nine years now & it’s a tradition that I particularly like.

This year, my heart is HUGE with happiness. I have so much to be grateful for, I hardly know how to make it all into a list. BUT I’LL TRY.

This year, I am thankful for…

– My mother, my father, my brother, my godmother, my grandmother, all of my aunts, uncles and cousins, everyone who shares genetic code with me (or not) and who is part of me and my history. They are all wonderful, wonderful people and they think that I’m wonderful too, which is strange and amazing in itself.

– I am thankful for all of my friends back home in Australia. You guys have known me longer than anyone and it’s with you that I feel the MOST safe, the MOST secure. The best of all possible worlds has you guys happy and healthy in it. No matter where I go or what I do when I get there, I know exactly where my home is and it has nothing to do with geography. My home is with you.

– I am thankful for my friends in America. We met as adults and chose to like each other; that’s an amazing thing. Through the shittiest and best times in my life, you’ve been right there with me. My life is better, lighter, more colourful now because of you. You inspire me to be better, you challenge me to be the best person and friend I can be. I love you all.

– I am thankful for Charlotte. Without her, I don’t know what would have happened to me. She’s the most important person in my life & I can’t really even say how much I love her without getting choked up.

– I am thankful for my health. I WILL NEVER TAKE YOU FOR GRANTED AGAIN, EVER.

– I am thankful for my body, which can do such amazing things. Like yoga. Like running. Like heal. It is so generally awesome, I just love it. I will never take it for granted again.

– I am thankful for this blog, for Facebook, for twitter, for all of the ways that I’ve been able to reach out to the world and communicate. People say that the internet is ruining our ability to communicate with one another but I DISAGREE. Do you know how many opportunities came my way this year because of this blog? Do you know how many people I’m back to being close with because of Facebook? Let’s not even TALK about networking via Twitter. All I know is that in a world that often feels really unfriendly and bad, there are a million ways we can be reminded that it’s actually really beautiful. Whether that’s running into someone on the street, calling you out of the blue or posting a funny picture on your wall, it doesn’t matter. What matters is what you take away from it, and I’m lucky to take away so much.

– I am thankful for my normal doctor, who always comes to visit me when I’m in the building. I’m thankful for my cancer doctor, who went from “WTF?” to partner in crime within a year. I’m thankful for the motley crew of medical professionals who have gotten me here, smiling and happy.

– I am thankful for the beautiful summer we had in Chicago. I am thankful for the opportunity to visit other cities, both little (Cincinnati) and BIG (New York), and finding out that there’s no place I can’t go and no way I can’t be.

– I am thankful for feelings when I have them and my Vulcan heritage for when I don’t. Live long and prosper.

– I am thankful for the couples that I know who show me that love is possible. I am thankful for all the healthy babies and children that show me that life is worth the struggle. I am thankful for getting older because it means that I’m still alive. I am thankful for every struggle, every change, everything, even when it’s hard because it means that I’m still fighting through something, pushing through something, getting somewhere.

– I am thankful that I’m still on my own path. I am living my life a little differently than a lot of girls my age; not married, no kids, nothing. I don’t know if the path that I’m on is the right path exactly, but it’s MINE, and I love that I have the opportunity to walk it.

– I am thankful for everything. For everyone. For my heart, and for yours too. For music and books and amazing cell phones and photobooths and awesome socks. For EVERYTHING wonderful, and even a few things not so wonderful.

For my whole life, and the fact that I’m living it, I am thankful.

Loves you.

3 thoughts on “Wind It Up: Thanksgiving Gratitudes 2010

  1. I think a lot of girls our age are living the same way not married, no kids, nothing and I think that it is now normal for girls our age to stay un-married and not have kids, especially with the economy the way it is. But I think you are one of the few who are happy that way : ) ❤ you

  2. Half the joy of life is in little things taken on the run. Let us run if we must – even the sands do that – but let us keep our hearts young and our eyes open that nothing worth our while shall escape us. And everything is worth while if we only grasp it and its significance. Victor Cherbuliez
    You get this – I’ve met few who do. I’m thankful for you walking through my front door.
    One more favorite I’ve carried since I was younger than you:
    Little drops of water, little grains of sand,
    Make the mighty ocean and the pleasant land.
    So the little moments, humble though they be,
    Make the mighty ages of Eternity.
    Little deeds of kindness, little words of love,
    Help to make earth happy, like the heaven above.
    Julia A. Fletcher Carney
    Simple, sweet – little things….thanks for reminding me.


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