There’s a lot of negativity in the world right now, as there always in when an election closes in. This one is no different and perhaps has been worse. The 2 candidates have done a great job at placing a “wall” and we, the people, are paying for it. However, November is a month for being thankful, grateful, and together. I wanted to contribute to this by pointing out a few people and things that I am grateful for.
1. My husband’s unconditional love and support
I didn’t know much about relationships or marriage when I met my husband. I hadn’t really cared about dating and never considered getting married. Things change though, and here we are, married for almost 2 years. The one aspect of our relationship that doesn’t change is our love for one another and our unending support for our dreams as individuals and as a couple. Grateful really doesn’t cover it fully when I think about how lucky I am to have met this man so early in life, and I still get to do all the things I want to. It’s even better though because I have my own personal cheerleader.
2. I’m graduating college next month
This is a big one for me. To keep a long story short, college has been a struggle for me since graduating high school and not in the traditional sense. My only advice to those in high school is to prepare to need loans, go to a community college, etc. Find a backup plan because I sure as hell didn’t have one. The other thing is that it is worth it. Do it, be done with it, and move on.
3. My parents
We can all say this and laugh about it now, but I was so ready to move out when I was 18. I wanted to get away from Georgia, away from my family, and start my adult life. I still wouldn’t go backward, but I can say that I didn’t realize what I was going to be missing. We moved a lot, so we all ended up as each other’s best friends in my family. We played games, ate dinner, watched movies, and went through the good and the bad together. I didn’t really go through the phase where I thought my parents were uncool. In fact, they were always the cool parents. Strict, but cool. When I moved to Arkansas, I felt really lost for a long time. Then, I wasn’t able to make it to my sister’s graduation and that was kind of the breaking point. I cried for days. Then, my parents took her to Disney World without me and all was well again in their world (this is a running joke so don’t take me too seriously). The thing about living far away is that lives go on. I still had to go to my full-time job 14 hours away and live this new life with my boyfriend in our first apartment, and they had to live their lives. My sister went off to college, my parents started enjoying their life without kids in the house, etc. We didn’t talk much then. My husband and I got the opportunity to move to Georgia 2 years after that. We were stagnant in Arkansas. The thing I’ve learned most since being back 2 years now is that there isn’t anything stronger than a parent’s love and support. My parents have taken my husband in, loved him, and most importantly loved and supported us as a couple. I will be forever grateful for these memories we’re making now and the memories we’ve had all these years.
4. Home and Sadie
I couldn’t write this post without mentioning our dog. She may be the sassiest, but she’s also the classiest. Just kidding. Really though, a dog’s love is almost right up there with a parent’s love. Hell, she might love me even more because she can’t recognize the dumb things I do. I’m also thankful for the home that my husband and I share and that we’ve been able to find someplace that is cozy and comfortable for us.
5. My sister
I don’t know if I can even describe what it’s like to have a sister a year and 8 days younger than you, but I wouldn’t try to get rid of her anymore, so that must be a good sign. On a serious note, it’s precious to have what we have. I love our friendship, I love our honesty, and I love our Saturdays. Most importantly, I love you.
6. My grandmothers
I come from a family of strong women who have taught me how to be strong. I am grateful for that strength and for the wisdom. That credit all goes to my Nana, Grandma Doris, and Grandma.
7. My mother in law, sister in law, and grandma in law
I know accepting me into his life wasn’t easy, but you did, and you’ll never know how thankful I am for that. Thank you for letting me be a part of your family.
None of this would be possible or reality without God. I know that He brings people into my life and leads me along His path. I am thankful for His grace, forgiveness, and sacrifice.
Try not to get too bogged down by the politics, the news, or the social media. Remember what matters and be thankful for the people in your life.