I am celebrating Thanksgiving with a long weekend and wanted to name 5 things I am very thankful for this year - a year that has been exciting for me personally even though these are turbulent times.
1. I am thankful for my health, I have run 3 marathons this year, two of them in foreign countries and another on the West Coast of the US and I’ve managed to stay healthy other than the sprained ankle that happened in September. I am thankful that at 35, I’ve found fun hobbies to keep me healthy and relatively fit and that I love them so much, they drive my passion to get stronger and better at what I do. I am nowhere near perfect and still feel like I could lose a few pounds, have clearer skin, not reach for that second glass of wine sometimes, etc. But for the most part, I am healthy and beat myself up over little things too much.
2. I am thankful for my friends and family. I have a great community of supportive friends in Chicago and all over the world. I have friends that I’ve made through activities and friends at work. I know that some of these friendships will survive moves, job changes, disagreements, and whatever life throws at me. I am very happy to have family and friends that love me and support me and listen to me and that they are reciprocal relationships.
3. I am thankful for the opportunties I have had in my life and the decisions I’ve made (good and bad) that have brought me to where I am. I have made some big decisions in the last 2 quarters of this year that will happen next year. I’m excited; I am also VERY VERY nervous, but very excited for changes.
4. I am thankful that I have become more comfortable with myself in every way and that I let my curious mind, adventurous soul, and thirst for knowledge dictate my life without a care about what others think. (that was hella cheesy and I’m #sorrynotsorry) I think 35 means I am a real, certified adult and that I finally do know how to make good decisions about finances, jobs, friends and toxic people, dating, habits, health, and mindfulness, etc. In the last 2-3 years, I’ve managed to hone my skills in this area while also managing to be adaptable and shrug off setbacks and any “failures.” I use quotations for failures because I believe one learns from so-called failures and they’re not all bad.
5. Finally, I am thankful for the freedom to make decisions about my life. I am happy that I live in country where I can make my own decisions even though I am a single woman. In that same vein, I am thankful for my independence. All of my traveling, hobbies, daily routine, etc, only have to be approved by me and I know that this may not always be the case. I also know that one day I might miss the ability to be selfish in that respect, in contrast to now when I sometimes wish I had to think and plan for myself and a second person. But that day will come, and I should enjoy my total independence now.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I hope it is lighthearted and joyful!