It’s Thanksgiving day here in Canada.
I celebrate it with my family and since being away from everybody except my mum, it’s been a bit difficult for me. My mum and I do make it work though and this year, I had a friend from work over for dinner as she doesn’t have an family in Canada and nobody should be alone during Thanksgiving. Since I was in a place to offer that she come round, I did just that. We celebrated with dinner last night as today is an extra day off but my mum has to work at her job. So, Sunday dinner it was. There was tons of food, laughs and good times had last night.
One of the main premises that my mum and I hold for Thanksgiving is being thankful. It goes hand-in-hand with this challege as being thankful is all about what makes you happy, even the smallest thing. So for today’s Little Thing, it’s about being thankful. I’m thankful for the person I am, even with the struggles I’m facing. I’m thankful that my heart hasn’t changed and I’m still the same giving person. I would give you the shirt off my back if it meant that you would be warmer. Giving back to society makes me happy. It makes me feel as though my life has meaning because I get to help others.
I’m thankful for the people I have chosen to surround myself with in my life. I have a small, tight-knit group of friends who are essentially family. We’ve known each other for absolute ages (think 20+ years) and have been through a lot together. They also know what’s going on with me and have been nothing but supportive. They have always been there for me whenever I needed them. Regardless of time, distance or if they were busy. I know that of I truly needed them, they would be there in a heartbeat. I choose my friends carefully and I am happy to say that I have some of the best people in my life and wouldn’t trade them for the world.
I am thankful for my family. Yes, we may not always seem eye-to-eye but they are my family. I know that even with my shortcomings, they love me and want what’s best for me. Family is important to me and I miss them fiercely now that I’m not living close by but we try to squeeze a years worth of time into the summer when I get to go home to visit. It’s tough but I try not to think of how long I have left with them and just enjoy every day as it comes.
I am thankful for YOU. Yes, you, reading this. Knowing that I may help just one person along their own journey of happiness makes me happy. It makes me feel that my writing has a purpose. I enjoy writing for the sake of writing, don’t get me wrong, but I enjoy writing even more when it can be used to help others or make some one realise that they are not alone.
I am thankful for the ability to write and the ability to care as much as I do. Some may see it as being oversensitive but I’m just extremely empathetic. I hope that through this journey of finding my happiness again that I will not forget to be thankful for each and every day.