Once again, the holiday season is here and the festive shenanigans are in full effect. Although Thanksgiving comes before Christmas, we treat it like our side piece; we dig it but, it’s not as important as our main boo, Christmas. I enjoy the decorations and the celebrations, but I hate the financial pressure, the crowds, and the overall premature holiday frenzy that jumps off right after Halloween.
Though the origin of Thanksgiving has some suspect elements, it’s still one of my favorite holidays. Last year, I compiled a list of simple things for which I’m grateful. Here’s this year’s list:
1. Love, Lust, Passion
I don’t even want to imagine what would life be like without love, lust, and passion. I’m grateful that my hubby and I still share love, lust, and passion for each other and for our lives. Beyond our relationship, I’m driven by my love for life and my passion for what I do and who I do it with.
The way my schedule is set up, if I didn’t have DVR, I would miss my favorite guilty pleasures. There’s nothing like being able to fast forward through commercials when you wanna get to the next part of your favorite show or bypass the wack moments on these awards shows. While I love when me and my hubby Netflix and chill, that DVR ain’t to be slept on.
3. The Comeback from the Setback
Exactly one year ago, my family and I were battling some serious issues that forced me to understand the true meaning of pinching pennies. We were attacked physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. I thank God for those who were there and also for those who weren’t. It is humbling to see who is actually down for you when you’re down and out. We’re not where we want to be but, we’re making progress.
4. Realization of My Gifts and My Purpose
As you read this, you’re sharing in one of my God given gifts that I’ve had for so long but, only within the past year have I gained the courage to nurture and explore it. For so long, I’ve been a wife, mother, and social worker; I’m learning how to embrace my Black Girl Magic and seek out my purpose far beyond those roles. One main lesson that I’m using from this journey: Just as I have more than one gift, I have more than one purpose and with God’s continued guidance, my gifts and purpose will work in tandem.
It’s great when your peeps are there for you during the bad times, but the good times count just as much. Those who show support and love for your successes—no matter how small or underwhelming—are priceless. I’m grateful for those who take the time to show that they give a damn.
6. Second Chances
Several months back, I interviewed for a promotion at my 9-5. The interview was going well until, I kept it too real and shit instantly went left; I’m the perfect example of when keeping it real goes wrong. Fortunately, I was able to get a second chance at the job; I’ve been in my new position for a little over a month now. I’ve also received second chances to address challenges within some of my personal relationships.
7. Peace of Mind
I’ve decided, that no matter what adversity comes my way, I will be more than just okay. I will be empowered and I will find strength in my vulnerability. I now understand that my disappointments and failures are a vital part of my success.
8. Good Times
We all have those days where we wish we didn’t have to adult. The responsibilities of adulthood suck, but the abilities are splendid. My mantra: work hard, play harder.
9. Social Media/Technology
Yes, I’m grateful for social media. Unless you’re committed to living off the grid, social media and The Internet period, are essential parts of our modern world. Despite the drawbacks, I appreciate living in this era of advanced technology.
10. Health and Framily (Friends/Family)
I can’t do a ‘grateful’ list without mentioning the things for which I am most grateful. This and every Thanksgiving, I am most thankful for waking up each day with the ability to walk, talk, laugh, dance, cry and whatever else I set my mind to do. Being able to spend time with my family and friends and meet new people on this journey through life, is simply epic.