Alright, I'll admit it. This post has been future-posted. I'm writing this the night before Thanksgiving as I wait for the pumpkin pie to finish baking so that I can hit the hay at least 7 hours before the alarm goes off at 3:45am. This year, I'm working the Thanksgiving Day Parade on the costume crew, so when the Hess float goes by, look at the people on it, marvel at how well they're dressed, and think of me.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I'm doing what everyone else is doing on their blogs; I'm talking about all the things I'm thankful for.
I'm thankful for a lot of things, even if the circumstances surrounding them are not what I wanted. I'm trying to look on the bright side and appreciate what I have instead of bemoaning all the things that I've lost. I'm trying to take the triumphs for what they are, and not get so caught up in the ongoing struggles.
So I'm thankful for my family, and how supportive they always are, even when I say I'm not coming home for Thanksgiving because I can't handle it right now. I'm thankful that they're able to give me what I need, even when what I need is time and space to sort through the things going on in my life on my own.
I'm thankful for my friends, the true ones that are out there. The ones that have been sitting at bars with me as I down copious amounts of gin. The ones who talk me off ledges at three in the morning. The ones who always leave loving, insightful, and helpful advice on my blogs. The ones who do the goofy things we're all embarrassed of but do anyway with me. The ones who listen to my bitching. The one who stole my iPod when I wasn't looking to write a note about how beautiful I was, and leave it for me to find the next day. The ones who invited me to spend Thanksgiving with them when they found out I wasn't going home. The ones who actually care about me. I'm so thankful that you're here for me.
I'm thankful for the opportunities that I have been afforded in my life. I'm thankful that I am gainfully employed, and that one of those jobs is in my desired field. I'm thankful that people have had faith in my abilities and entrusted me with important responsibilities. I'm thankful that I'm getting the chance to prove myself, and do what I want to do. I'm thankful that I'm getting a chance.
I'm thankful that my apartment smells like pumpkin pie right now, and I'm even thankful for the fact that I had to wake up at 3:45am, because I'm on a costume crew, dammit!