Yesterday’s Blogtober assignment was to write about ten things I’m thankful for. I know I’m a day late getting to this topic, but I’ve been out of town and decided to take a break from my computer during my trip. Going four full days without looking at a computer screen was SO. FREAKIN’. AWESOME. I encourage everyone to try it.
So, here we go …
- My health: Whenever I walk my dog or exercise, I’m thankful that I have my health and the ability to be active. Whenever I read or learn something new, I’m thankful that my mind is sound. Not having our health can limit or change so many things in our lives, and I’m so thankful that I’m healthy overall. I’m sure that will change as I get older – everyone has to deal with health issues at some point – but I try to do as much as I can to make sure I stay healthy for as long as possible.
- My husband: My husband is awesome. He’s thoughtful, kind, smart, and funny, and he loves me despite how crazy and annoying I can be. Yes, we disagree and argue, but we always find a way back to a good place with each other, and I know he’ll be there for me whenever I need him. Oh, and he cooks. What more could a girl ask for? :)
- My family: I grew up in a loving and encouraging home. My parents are wonderful, generous people, and they made sure my brother and I always had what we needed to be healthy and happy kids. My parents have been a constant source of encouragement and support, and I know I wouldn’t be where I am now without them. My brother and I didn’t always get along, but that has changed since we’ve grown up. I may never forget how loud it was when he played the drums in our parents’ basement (seriously … so loud), but he’s a pretty cool sibling. My extended family is quite large, but I have a lot of great memories of them and look forward to seeing as many of them as I can whenever I visit my parents. And then there’s Grandpa. He was one cool dude, and I think about him and miss him often.
- My friends: I often say that friends are the family we get to choose. I am lucky to have great friends who are caring and supportive, and I’m even luckier that so many of my good friends live close to me. We’ve been there for each other for great times (trips, weddings, kids) and not-so-great times (lost jobs, the passing of family members, health issues), and having and contributing to such a great support system is so important.
- My dog: My handsome Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Berkeley, is my constant companion, my four-legged shadow, my snuggle buddy. He’s so sweet, and a swish of his tail and his doggie smooches can cure the worst sob fest. If laughter is the best medicine, a dog is a very close second.
- My education: I’ve always loved to learn, so school was fun for me growing up. I loved college and grad school, and I often find myself thinking about going back for yet another degree. I truly believe that education, understanding, tolerance, and progress all go together, and I love that with every new thing I learn, I realize how much I have left to learn. For me, learning is both exciting and humbling.
- Books: I love to read and always have. There’s nothing like getting lost in a book, be it a novel, a piece of non-fiction, or even collection of essays about whatever interests you. Reading a book can serve as an escape, can show us a different way of thinking about something, or can be informative. Books provide us with a glimpse of other worlds and ideas, and I’m so thankful that I live in a place and time in which books are numerous and readily available.
- Memories: A few of my family members have passed away in the past few years, and I’m thankful that I have memories of them. Good memories make me smile and laugh, and bad memories remind me of the challenges I’ve overcome and that I’m not perfect.
- My job: I have a stable job with good benefits, and my teammates are great people to work with. I was laid off once, and being without a job was the cause of a lot of anxiety and worry. My job may not be perfect, but I have one, and it allows me to use my degrees.
- Feminism: This “ism” has gotten a bad rap, so I want to be clear that I am not talking about male bashing. I’m talking about the “ism” that is for equal rights and opportunities for women and men (and anyone who identifies as any other gender). It is because of strong women – feminists – that women have the right to vote, can own property, and can be financially independent. While I think we still have a way to go before we reach equality, I am thankful that I am a woman now and not 150 years ago. And, yes, I am a feminist.