It's typical on this day for us to give thanks to the little things. Sometimes even to the material things. But for me, and hopefully for you reading this, it's about so much more.
When I started 2020, I was looking for a sign, that the path that I am on was the right one. That I will some way provide more for my girls than I could ever imagine. Instead, I was hit with a pandemic that clarified the sign I was looking for.
My journey hasn't always been easy. I lost my dad 9 days before my 21st birthday, I had to sacrifice one life to live and love another. I've been on food stamps, I've been in an unhealthy relationship and loved people who didn't love me back. I've struggled with tears and sometimes even lost hope. But if I learned anything, I learned that my problems probably aren't as bad as others. And that if anything, I needed to open my eyes and look around.
So I started something different. I started to look at what I had and started appreciating it for what it was. I am a single mom, working full-time, going to school full-time and interning. It's hard...and exhausting...and fun...and a simple blessing. I started to take in how thankful I should be to even have a job or be able to put a roof over my girls' heads and food on the table. I started to take deeper breaths. I started therapy. But most of all, I started to see that there are some things we simply cannot change.
As I sit here in a house that brings me peace, I appreciate my mothers home for what it has brought me. I appreciate the ground I walk on because it can be taken away in an instant. I appreciate the water I drink that fuels my body. I appreciate the two little girls who look to me for strength, laughter and comfort. I appreciate my sister and brother who have gone beyond measure, time after time, to make sure we have always stood on our feet. I appreciate my mother. God, my mother. She guides me, she fights for me, she loves me (even when I get on her nerves), she pushes me and she loves the hell out of her granddaughters. These are the things that I am grateful for.
I read a Facebook post that said "Be thankful for what you have and what God has allowed you to overcome. We all deserve to enjoy this holiday with a little more purpose this year.." And he's right. I'll speak for myself when I say that God has allowed me to overcome so many things. He has placed me in a spot where I can see the horizon. I can live in peace knowing that I am enjoying every second I have left on this earth. This year my purpose and my responsibility is to be thankful. Not for the materialistic things but for the things that give me happiness.
And for you, I ask this one thing. Enjoy your Thanksgiving. For one day, forget about the stress., take in everything great around you and hope for a better tomorrow. Be thankful and be kind.
But most of all, have a Happy Thanksgiving full of life and love.