Gratitude

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day here in the United States, and the start to what I like to call the “Big Three” holidays of the year. In the summertime, we get the “Little Three” of Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day that punctuate the unofficial beginning and ending of summertime.

If holiday depression hits me, it always seems to do so on Thanksgiving Day. Don’t know why that is, or maybe it’s just an issue I don’t want to delve into for whatever mental block I put on myself.

I have a lot to be thankful for, don’t get me wrong. My life hasn’t go the way I thought it would, but can anyone honestly say that completely?

I don’t talk about this often, but my life could have ended at age 6. The way I see it, I’ve had at least 38 years and change worth of gravy. I do believe in God’s existence, and do believe he put me here for a reason. What is that reason? That part I’m still working on, and will be until my time here ends. As Bill Murray recently said on Twitter:

I’m thankful for my friends and family. I’m an only child, and my father died of cancer 25 years ago. My mother is still an everyday part of my life, and I’m grateful for that. Friends come and friends go, but families are forever, and being part of a family is forever.

I’m grateful God gave me a brain to harness every day, and I try and put it to good use. At home, I’m always listening to an audio book if I have spare time, and try and learn things that might be practical.

I’m even grateful I’ve been to, let’s see…22 of the 50 states. Want to get to the other 26 of the “continental 48” at least. That’s still a goal of mine.

Finally, I’m grateful to have become a pet owner this year for the first time in my 40’s. My tabby Harry was destined to be put down last winter, and I just couldn’t allow it to happen. Sometimes he pesters and misbehaves, but I like him. He’s like the cat version of myself, really.

I wish all you the happiest of Thanksgivings. Eat plenty of turkey (or the vegetarian equivalent if you so choose), and I’ll be back on Black Friday for the Flashback.

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