First and foremost over the course of the last few weeks, I have read so many of your posts. A good majority of them from the “life” tag and others from “Freshly pressed”. I have to address the fact that I have never been around such thoughtful writing as the writing I have come across on WordPress.com. I am so inspired by your heartfelt stories, quotes, and opinions. Thank you ALL for sharing your stories. It makes the portion of the blog that is my therapeutic process that much easier for to absorb and take on. It is an extremely daunting task to share my work with the world but reading your works makes me incredibly brave.
This case is no different. I have followed a few blogs so I tend to skim through new posts on the dashboard and I came across this specific post from Lily Ellyn. If you click on her username it will bring to the specific post that dropped a large bomb of inspiration and re-evaluation on my day today. I woke up not feeling so good. I felt standoffish, upset, angry and just overall stressed as a whole but after reading these inspiring words, it reminded me that I to have a lot to be thankful for.
Despite, the incredible cheesiness of the following, I want to focus this blog on endless amounts of positive behavior that I may not always posses. It’s a decent sized list but sometimes seeing things in front of you makes it a lot easier to realize just how blessed you are:
I am thankful for the gift of faith. While some people may not believe in a higher power, I choose to believe in the Holy Trinity and all the Saints who guide me as a Roman Catholic. I was given this gift at a very early age and I am so thankful to have it. I feel as if without that belief in something larger than me that shapes and guides me, I would have very little sense of purpose. I am a firm believer that I have been created to live out God’s plan and I hope that with this unshakable faith I will be able to do just that.
I am thankful for the gift of family. Despite the mental hardships my family is forced to face daily (Recovering from addiction, anxiety, manic depression) they are my foundation in which I have grown into an adult. I am fortunate enough to not be a child of divorce and to come from the traditional nuclear family which is a rare thing in today’s day and age. Sometimes I am not always as grateful for this as I should be because I let the trials of living at home get the best of me but looking at the bigger picture I am truly blessed to have both a mother and father who remain active in my life and a younger brother who despite our differences still makes time to maintain a relationship with me.
I am thankful for my job. It took me a long time to find the right place and I spent a good portion of 2013 unemployed so I am truly grateful to have a position that has provided for me monetarily but also helped me grow as a human being.
I am thankful for my true friends. I say true because I have a lot of people walk in and out of my life but very few who have stayed for the long haul. Without naming names, there are a select few in my life that have endured with me, cried with me, listened to me repeat myself endlessly and still loved me. For that I will forever be grateful to this select bunch. Without them, I’m not sure where I would have ended up.
I am thankful for the hobby of dance. To be able to express myself in ways I never imagined is an extreme blessing. I thank God daily for opening my eyes to this art form.
Last but never the least; I am thankful for the gift of love. She drives me mad some days, she makes me cry tears of joy with others, and she can stretch my smile a mile wide. These last seven years have been some of the most memorable. I am thankful to know that I have been given the gift of loving another person more than I love myself. I am thankful to feel such intensity with another human being. I only hope that God leads along the path of a lifetime.
Well, I am glad to have gotten that out. Sometimes a little kick in the ass is all someone needs.