Even more than I love the stuffing and Tofurky part of Thanksgiving, I love the thanks-giving part of Thanksgiving. I love the waterfall of gratitude, the warm fuzzies of appreciation, the oxytocin-inducing bonding sesh with family and friends. I FREAKING LOVE IT.
So I’m pretty stoked that this super-spectacular holiday has rolled around again. This year, my mom and I are joining one of my very best friends and her hubs in a Thanksgiving feast extraordinaire, complete with vegan mashed potatoes, cranberry orange sauce and a so-soft-you-could-sleep-on-it pumpkin cake (topped with a turkey made of frosting, ‘cuz I’m all about turkey appreciation).
This has been an incredible year. An ups and downs year. A year of growth and change and new discoveries. A broke year, but a beautiful year. It’s the year I finally figured out what I’m doing with my life, and decided to go for it, hook, line and sinker.
So, here’s what I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving:
- The fact that I’m alive, I’m healthy, I live in a first world country — I have food to eat and hot water for showers and a roof over my head. I have everything I could ever need to be happy.
- My family, my friends, my colleagues. I have people in my life so extraordinary, so amazing, so totally spectacular and loving and supportive … I am supremely blessed.
- Change. Change is a powerful thing, and I believe in it. I’ve seen it in my own life, and I am so totally thankful.
- The Happy Wall. My dream is coming to fruition, thanks to so many committed, positive people who’ve stood by my side.
- The magic of being alive. The gorgeousness of this blue-green globe we live on. Nature’s miracles. The warm fur on my dog’s backs and the snuffling sounds of a pig’s snout.
- Turkeys. Turkeys are so. damn. cool.
- Freedom. I have it in spades, and it’s one of the driving principles of my life.
I could go on all day, but I’d love to let you get to eating and lounging and doing a whole lotta nothing. Enjoy today. Enjoy every last little moment, every bite of mashed potatoes and silly anecdote; every bear hug and sip of champagne; every touchdown and new memory. Happy Thanksgiving. Happy ThanksLiving.