Thanksgiving, What Are You Thankful For?
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, merely because of the food. The time of year where you can absolutely pig out on ham, turkey, sweet potatoes, casseroles galore, desserts, second or third helpings, all the while surrounded either by family or friends. The holiday season is always rough because every family has their own dynamics, along with trying to plan out and time every dinner you’re supposed to be at. This year, I am blessed to be able to attend three different dinners; my mom’s side, my dad’s side and my boyfriend’s side. So, after seeing a Facebook post about Thanksgiving and how “pure” the holiday is supposed to be, I got inspired to write a post about what I am thankful for. It got me to thinking about this year as a whole and how it’s changed who I am.
I am thankful being healthy. February 8th I quit smoking and I haven’t looked back. May 8th I had my first surgery after a case of appendicitis. So all in all, I’m mostly thankful for my health and how I’m trying to better my body.
I am thankful for photography and how it is my outlet for so many things. I can be creative, express myself and show the world through my perspective. Earlier this year I got to work for a magazine in Atlanta. I learned so many things and I got a taste for it. I want to grow more and get back there and have a greater viewing of my photos. I also now have a job working with a nation-wide studio that hopefully will bring me so many opportunities and paths to grow.
I am thankful for my support system. This year has been different with learning who you’re real friends are. Several fall-outs, new friends and a whole new group of work friends. Getting older I see how friends and family plays such a dynamic role in my life. As much as I’d like to say I’m an independent person in certain areas, I have to admit that without some people in my life I really don’t know where I would be. My best friends, whether we talk everyday or once a month, they’re still my friends and when the rough times come they’ll be there. Brandon, I really don’t know where I would be or what I would be doing with him in my life. It’s weird. Several years ago I would never see myself settling down and now, I’m starting to sort of warm up to the idea. Thanks for always being there. The lucky part of my support system is even though my family may not be the “role model” type for everyone to see, I do have some pretty great friends in my circle.
Lastly, I am thankful for the journey I’ve been on. The good, the bad and the ugly. The last few years have really shaped me into the person that I am. With many adventures, breaking old habits, new and old friendships, and opening my mind to new things, I truly am getting to a place where I am happy and I like who I am. To be cliche, the journey is more important than the final destination.