my list of things I'm thankful for
first and foremost i'm thankful for my family, who when faced with all the trials i put myself through growing up, never failed to show me love and not once turned their back on me. they're the one constant in my life that i know without a doubt will be there regardless of circumstance. i can't thank them enough. they gave me a good concience, and gave me a firm grasp on the difference between right and wrong while still allowing me to make my own decisions. my mother for teaching my the importance of my independance, making me believe in my abilities, encouraging my creativity and making me proud of the person i've become. my father for giving me my skeptical nature, my strong work ethic and grasp of financial concepts, and most importantly for taking me as his responisibility without fail while still never making me feel that i wasn't his own child.
i'm thankful for ben. even though i think we both have to work to make ourselves better people, i feel us growing in a common direction, while many others grow apart. i hope the positive changes we both make in ourselves will make our relationship stronger. i'm thankful that he gives me everything i can't give myself. he raises my self esteem and makes me feel cherished, protected and loved.
i'm thankful for the education i recieved, and for the teachers who saw my education as the lighting of a fire, not the filling of a bucket. they not only gave me a foundation for living a productive life, but sparked an inquisitive and investigative nature.
i'm thankful for living in a country where my gender didn't hinder me from becoming the person i want to be. a country where i can vote in elections or even run for office. a country where i'm not persecuted for my ideas and and am given the freedom to practice whichever religion makes me feel complete.
i'm thankful for my job, my ability to work, and my ability to be self- sufficient.
i'm thankful for the people i love, and the people i've loved in the past. the heart is a muscle, and the more it's used, the stronger it gets. i'm thankful that my heart is the strongest muscle in my body. the relationships i've had have taught me invaluable lessons, and what to expect of myself and other people.
i'm thankful for my health. while i may have a crooked back, some cavities, and be prone to a cough if i get cold, i can still wake up every morning, stand on my two legs and walk to the shower. i can still look in the mirror with two brown eyes, and breathe in with healthy lungs.
i'm thankful for the people who've died to make my life better- the brave men and women who give their lives to help make sure that mine is comfortable and protected.
i'm thankful for my positive outlook, my ability to see the best in people and my ability to try and look at the greater good and the bigger picture.
let's all try and remember to do a little personal reflection, and realize that maybe (just maybe) we should take a break from our bitching and moaning, our complaining and protesting, our prozac and lattes, to realize that we really don't have it that bad.