This Thursday, November 25th, is Thanksgiving in the United States. This is a day in which we celebrate the kindness of the American Indians in sharing the harvest with the pilgrims. It is a day that we take to reflect on what we are thankful for. Last year what I came up with was “I am thankful that I freaking don’t have to drag my butt in to the office for four days.” This year I am happy to say that I have more than just that.
This year I am thankful for many things. While I still miss my brother dearly I am thankful for the 32 years I had him in my life. I am thankful for all of my “sisters” especially Ali who is here from England for her first Thanksgiving and Black Friday experience. Ali has helped me meet the challenges of admitting my rapes and that I was out of control. For that I will be forever grateful. I am thankful for my psychologist who did not give up on me and pushed me when needed. I am grateful for my psychiatrist whose support and no-nonsense attitude has helped me accept the reality of medication in my life.
I am thankful to my nuclear family. I know, shocking. The reason I am thankful is that they are part of the reason I am as strong as I am. Without that strength, possibly stubbornness, I doubt I would have survived to this point. So I am thankful for them.
There is a new category on the list this year. Okay several obviously, but I am thankful for aspects of me. I am thankful that I did not give up when I desperately wanted to. I am thankful that, no matter how difficult it was, I spoke up. I shared. I am thankful for the opportunity to get to know myself in this time. I am thankful that I am writing this blog and to Kate, author of “This Tangled Web” for any opportunity that she has presented me with.
Of course I am thankful for my boys (cats), my friends and all of their support, and honestly, I am freaking thankful that I don’t have to drag my butt in to the office for the next five days.
Happy Thanksgiving! No matter where you are take a minute on Thursday and find something to be thankful for.