What up world and welcome to another edition of The Blog About Nothing. It’s the Friday after Thanksgiving and most of us are gearing up to attack our fridges in the pursuit of devouring leftovers. I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I tend to eat a hell of a lot more the day after Thanksgiving than I do on Thanksgiving. So know that I am about to go in on some food in a little while and settle down for a day full of college football. So, without much further ado, let’s do this!
With Thanksgiving being yesterday, I should start off with what I am thankful for. I am thankful for life. I am thankful for friends. I am thankful for family. I am thankful for this website, for giving me a platform to even do this. I’m thankful to have a job, and to have been continually employed in a time where so many have struggled to even find employment.
I’m thankful for the internet for it informs me, saddens me, but it also brings me joy. I’m thankful for sports. It keeps my mind active, and it also numbs it when I don’t want to think. I’d say the same for music. It also activates and numbs the mind. All of that is irrelevant though compared to the thing or person I am thankful for the most. Nope. I am most thankful for my Mother.
That little woman has been through so much this year. So much. She’s been pushed to the brink and back, and she’s been through it twice this year. For a woman barely over 5 feet and not too much past 100 pounds, my God she has proven to be stronger than a person twice her size. She’s stronger than I am, anyway.
While her recovery is going slower than I anticipated, hoped and prayed for, the most important thing is she is still here. While, a sadness has crept over me for the better part of this year, because I do worry, and I do wonder if I’ll ever really have the woman I love become her old self again, I do have to stop and pinch myself. She’s still here. As a son, for a self-professed mama’s boy, I still do have my Mom. For that I’m thankful.
As I said earlier, I am thankful for family. This year I lost an aunt, and a distant older cousin. It’s tough to suffer any losses, but I am thankful to be present to support my family in time of need, and as someone who’s experienced more loss than I care to account for, I do know that I have two more angels looking over me. As I said a few weeks ago, I often do look up to the sky in quiet moments, and now I have two more names to say hello to when I look up there.
Finally I’m thankful for sanity. Goodness knows I could have lost that several times this year, but in the words of Antwone Fisher “I’m still standing. I’m still strong, and I always will be.” It doesn’t matter what it is, or what comes this way. Still standing, and at the end of the day that is all that matters.
So in the madness that appears to be the World in 2015, take this day to be thankful. To be thankful for whatever keeps you going, and whatever keeps you focused. Also take the time to remind yourself that no matter what happens: you will be alright.
Thanks for reading.
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