I’m sitting in the railway station, got a ticket to my destination. on a tour of one-night stands, my suitcase and guitar in hand.
I’m very thankful for airplanes and cars all the time, but especially so this year. I proclaimed this year as my “year of travel” – finally having the freedom to pack up my laptop and work from anywhere, I certainly made the most of that this year. From Grand Rapids to Cincinnati to Boston to Gatlinburg to Siesta Key to Raleigh to Denver to Charlottesville to Montebello to to to… it doesn’t escape me that I’ve been very lucky. Today, I’m thankful for the places I’ve been, the people I’ve gone with, and the modes of transportation that have taken me there (spoken like a true Michigander!)
Not including commuting to and from work, I have traveled an estimated 15,935 miles this year. That’s so crazy to me!
I miss the cradle of family, I miss the comfort of home, I miss the way that I used to be more than I have missed being alone
As cliche as it may be, there is nothing in the world I am more thankful for than my family. I might not have the big family some people have (I’m an only child, womp) but I’m super close to my cousins, and my mom has been my best friend for years. Even my relationship with my dad is getting better – something that I struggle with accepting, if I’m being totally honest.
I’m also lucky enough to have three of my grandparents still, and I’m not sure what I would do without them. They’re always a phone call away, and I know they’d do anything for me if I just asked.
It’s no secret that my cousin NP has been a de facto sister to me for years – from sleepless Black Friday trips, to half-marathons in Anaheim, to my first Siesta sunset this year, she’s been there for me through so much. I’ve been working on turning her kids into little mini-mes (to some success!) Thanksgiving has gotten a bit tougher over the years, but we’re always there to help each other through the hard parts.
I don’t think I’m unique in feeling that my family is one of the most important things in my life, but when I count my blessings, those fools are always at the top of the list.
The last few weeks have been pretty trying, both at work and personally. Especially now that I’m sick, I’ve been throwing myself a pity party for any little offense – my cup is out of water? Woe is me. I have to run the dishwasher? But I’m so sick I can barely get out of bed… those sorts of things. So I’m trying a new exercise where I name things on Thursday that I am thankful for to try to give myself perspective – I know I’m lucky, but it’s sometimes so easy to get bogged down.
I’m thankful to have a job while many of my friends are still trying to make it work on part-time jobs
I’m thankful for a roommate who, even when he drives me nuts, will drive to the drugstore to get me NyQuil and tea before heading off to school
I’m thankful for my college education, even when I get upset about my student loans
I’m thankful for my friends, even when we are at each other’s throats, and especially thankful for them lately as I’ve probably been pretty hard to deal with
and I’m thankful for the delicious brownies that I’ve been eating on all week. 🙂