Yes I like to be funny, but there are a lot of things I am truly thankful for this year. No sarcasm, just me letting it all out in to the open. Here are 22 things I am thankful for, a la the daily Facebook trend.
1. My family. They can be weird and embarrassing at times, but there is nothing like family. Even when my mom wakes me up with text messages on the weekend, it’s nice to know that someone is thinking of me. When my dad drags me home to proofread his essays and take home tests, it’s because he values my opinion and recognizes my intelligence. And my sister? She doesn’t give a shit about what everybody else thinks and she wants me to be able to do the same, and I love that. How did I come out normal? I’ll never know. But if they didn’t raise me the way they did, I wouldn’t be who I am today, and I am starting to like me.
2. Music. I don’t even know where to start. There is nothing that lets me feel as good as I do than listening to some amazing music. I feel completely free when I am at a concert just feeling the bass and singing my heart out right back to the people who gave my the words and the purpose. I turn to music for inspiration, comfort, entertainment, motivation, and more. It’s there for me when no one else is.
3. The staff of Bright Horizons. There are some people at work that I just need to see everyday. They make my day, even when they are actively seeking ways to scare the living shit out of me. The inside jokes, weather calls, middle fingered hidden from the cameras, and spelled cuss words brighten my day even when the kids are screaming so loud I can’t concentrate.
4. Friday nights at my grandparents house: This is the last year I got to visit both of my grandparents, and I am thankful and grateful for the time I got to spend together with the two of them. I love and miss my pop pop, but I know he is at peace now. Now it’s just me and mom mom on Fridays, but she still appreciates me visit and I love the time I get to spend with her.
5. The YMCA: I really love the Y! I used to go to the HAC, but I felt really out of place. It was like, a health club for the skinny wives of plastic surgeons, or something like that. The Y is full of my kind of people, and it doesn’t make me feel bad about myself going there. Some time on the elliptical does a body, mind, and spirit good!
6. Walking: Thankful that my body is in good enough shape to move about the planet and not feel like I’m going to die. Taking walks with my headphones on and just exploring gives me a chance to disconnect form the world and recharge for a little while. It’s like an escape that burns calories!
7. Healthy eating and sleeping habits: Eating the things that my body needs is making me feel so much better. I’m not as run down anymore, and regular exercise and good food help set my body up for a good nights sleep. I love all the new foods I am trying that are really good for me, and the foods that I can still eat even though I have given up so much.
8. Weight Loss: I love fitting in to my clothes. I love it even more that my clothes are getting baggy. My chin doesn’t wobble any more, and my arms don’t look like they’re been shoved into my shirt. I have a long way to go but I’ve come so far. 65 lbs down, many more to get rid of!
9. Text Messaging: okay, I know I said this was ~srs bidness~, but I really do love and am thankful for text messaging. It lets me respond to things when and how I want to. I don’t like talking on the phone because I have no time to think about what I’m going to say or respond to. I can think and plan out texts accordingly and am ale to better relay my thoughts.
10. Tumblr: Again, this is not me being sarcastic. I love that I can be into whatever I want and find a safe haven for it on Tumblr. I can read fanfiction, track tags to find new band pictures, and catch all the latest gossip with a smart alecky twist. I love that I can my into a bunch of fantoms and not be hated for my age, gender, or extraneous interests.
11. My car: What can I say? It’s cool as hell! I’m going to be paying for it for awhile, and joke about having to lie out of it, but being able to drive the vehicle of my choice is just so freeing. I can go anywhere, within reason, and blast my music as loudness I want when doing so. Thankful for a kick ass stereo!
Okay this is getting long and I’m sleepy, so the rest of these wont be getting much of an explanation. 530am comes early people!
12. Apple products: can’t live without my iPhone/ iPad
13. Pets: fuzzy things are so therapeutic when you cuddle and love on them!
14. Being employed (though its only until next September): in the times we are in, it is always good to have a job and a steady source of income.
15. Having a roof over my head: I may not be living under the best circumstances or with the best people, but I have somewhere warm and dry to rest my head every night… And I don’t have to live at my mom and dads!
16. My friends: I only have a few who I can count on, and I’m slowly gaining some back, but its nice to have people to talk to and hang out with outside of work.
17. My education, and better yet, not being in debt because of it: I got to go to school and live there for four years to get a good education, and it is completely paid for. Hallelujah!
18. Self control/ willpower/ motivation: I think I am finally finding some and pray that I an stick to it.
19. The Internet: because really where would I be without it? That’s a scary thought any way you look at it.
20. Humor: Funny is funny and I need more laughter in my day to make my life worthwhile, and bearable!!!
21. Good parenting skills: Makes my life and your child better.
And 22 is a last-but-not-least deal. I just had a lot to say and I figure the end is a good enough place to spill my guts. I am thankful for the Millers. Middletown is my second home. I have never felt more accepted than I do when I walk into Chris’ house. Yes sometimes it involves hard labor, but I am happy to help out. I don’t think she realizes how much she has helped me and changed me in the past couple of years. She is pretty much my best friend and probably has no clue! And I love that her kids are genuinely excited to see me, and just not the cool stuff I bring. Her kids are amazing and I’m glad that she trusts me enough to watch them (yay christmas week!). I joke that I wish I had worked at center two and then I wouldn’t be babysitting, tagging, and cleaning late into the night. But what fun would I be having stuck inside by myself all night? Sometimes I need alone time to charge, but most weekends I wait for a text to come down so I can have some fun. If all the paths in my life have led me to here, I must have done something right :) In the immortal words of Fall Out Boy, “Hey Chris, you were our only friend / and I know this is belated, we love you back.”
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!