I'm thankful for the love of my family especially when I'm cranky and want to stab something with a plastic fork. 😉 I'm thankful for the friends I've made in each town I've lived in. I know I can call up any of them if I'm in need of advice or a place to stay if I come to town. I'm grateful for my ability to pack up my family and set down roots with every job transfer my husband incurs. Most of all I'm thankful that I'm starting to love myself again. I've had a long journey back to myself through grief, stress, depression, and anxiety. I have grown up worrying and feeling responsible for events that happened in my life. As a young child feeling guilty over the break up of my parents marriage. It was a very confusing and difficult time as a little girl Through time, heart to heart chats, and therapy I've learned I had played no part in the separation. The bullying I suffered in high school had sent me into an emotional turmoil thinking somehow I deserved all the debilitating torment. And as I grown and matured I have realized that these events in my life have shaped me into who I am today. I'm so thankful that I had a very special relationship with my beloved parents, for their time on earth. I wish I could've kept them here forever, yet I hold them in my heart and cherish my memories. They taught me to love myself, accept, and be myself with no apologies. When I look in the mirror I see my beloved Mama's face smiling back at me. And I know I can love myself, even if I want to pull her out the mirror and hug her for one last time. I'm thankful my Dad taught me to be strong, independent, determined, and stubborn. I've carried those attributes into my daily life as I fight hard for what I love and believe in, never taking no for an answer.
I'm so thankful that God blessed me with a wonderful man and our precious sons. My oldest who makes me laugh with his comedic talent, his excitement for technology, and his brilliant mind. I'm thankful for my youngest and how he sees the world with excitement and wonder, and his deep capacity to love everyone who crosses his path. I'm grateful that even though they suffer with sensory disorders and the anxiety associated with that, they know they are loved and cherished by their parents. I'm so thankful for finally being comfortable enough in my own skin to share my writing in an online forum. It doesn't matter how many letter degrees I don't have after my name. I have a love and passion for the spoken and written word and I'm expressing that through my thoughts. I'm thankful for the blessings bestowed on me on my life journey. All the things I thought were catastrophes at the time, have taught me to be patient, brave, courageous, and forgiving. I believe there are no failures in life, just learning experiences. And as I learn and grow I see myself as a human being not a perfect replica of a Mom, wife, or sibling, or friend. I am me imperfectly, creatively, authentically me, a human doing in this world. I am thankful that you popped into to read the ramblings of my mind. And for the beautiful Brain for letting me be here today. May you enjoy your today's and tomorrow's and see your circumstances as blessings towards a better, healthier, happier you.