|From left to right; my dog Buttons, London, IMATS LA and me.|
Tonight at midnight all of us (think that’s safe to say) will be looking forward to a bright new year. Perhaps a year where you decide this year you’re finally going to lose those 10 pounds (for me 20), vow to be a better person or cross something off your bucket list. For me reflecting is also just as important, it’s about being thankful for the things we’ve (I’ve) done. Those memories within the year that we wouldn’t trade for the world, being thankful to God you were able to experience such good memories.
I admit there are days were I wake up, go to work and think nothing of it. The truth is every day is a gift. We’re here for only a short period of time and we should enjoy life as much as possible. Every year my grandma tell us this might be her last year (she’ll be 90 this coming February). I know one day that will be true, though it’s hard to even think that. If someone asked me to list the things I was thankful for, I could come up with a few memories but I know I’d miss some too. If someone asked me to list all the bad times within the year, I think I could make that list faster. However, that’s not what I want to focus on. I don’t want to think of all the negativity within the year. Yes, we’ve experienced lost and they will never be forgotten but that’s where you remember the good times you’ve had with them.
I am thankful that my niece was born. She always brightens my day. She’s only 11 months but she brought us so much light to our family, especially to my sister and brother-in-law. I’m thankful for spending another year with my dad, who has diabetes. He’s spent Christmas’s in the past in the hospital. He’s blind, in a wheelchair and has health issues but he ‘keeps trucking’. He doesn’t give up; he’s my inspiration. I’m grateful to still have both my parents (who’ve been married 30 something plus years). In junior high there was a group of us and though the years we’ve lost contact but through Facebook were able to reconnect. We may not talk to each other all the time but we’re able to see the sad, happy and important things within each other’s life. Sadly, I am the only one with both parents and… we’re all the same age.
This year I was able to travel to Los Angles for my birthday and in the summer I was able to travel to London and Paris. I’m not trying to brag at all. My point is to point out there are times in our (my) life where you have to look at what you’ve been given and thank God for it. He can easily take it all away from me, and next year and I could be writing a whole different kind of post. But this year I was blessed and I couldn’t be more grateful and thankful.
What are you thankful for this past year?