With all of the talk about American Thanksgiving coming up, I realized today that I never did a "thankful" post when it was (my) Canadian Thanksgiving. Better late than never, right?
Sometimes, when life gets me down, I forget how much I really do have to be grateful for. We all have times like that; bad day at work, arguing with the teenagers, sucky love life, sucky bank account…… the list goes on. This is when I stop and think about the things that I have:
Those teenagers that sometimes make me pull my hair out? They are the most amazing kids. They are healthy, smart and have these amazing personalities that always surprise me. They are pretty damned good looking (if I do say so myself) and confident and outgoing. The Girl loves to make the people she loves happy. The Boy greets me at the end of the day with a kiss and talk of his day. They don't always listen and they sometimes fight with each other but they're teenagers; it would be shocking if this wasn't true.
The job that sometimes makes me ache for early retirement? (very early since I'm only 43!) This job pays for the roof over our heads; a fair size apartment in a decent neighbourhood that doesn't scare me at night. It feeds my children and keeps clothes in their closet. It lets me have some of the little extras (though not too many) that make life fun. The fact that I have some wonderful coworkers, many of whom I consider friends, who make the days better is a definite plus.
My overweight body? Yes, I'm overweight and that gets me down sometimes but, as I've aged, I've become more comfortable in my own skin and learned that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. That doesn't mean that I wouldn't like to be slimmer but I'm at the point now where looking at my body doesn't make me hate myself either. Also, despite my weight, I'm still pretty healthy too and that's definitely something to be thankful for.
The small social circle? I don't have dozens of friends and family on speed-dial. I don't run into people I know everywhere I go. There are lonely days/nights. The people in my life who I do count as friends/family may be small in number but they are "quality". Those who are in my life are people who I truly care about and I know that they care about me. They are people who make me laugh, cry, think and who make my life immeasurably better.
Yes, I am thankful for all that I have despite those days when it's easy to forget.