“Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.”
― Marcus Aurelius
I’ve never done this before: written down things I am grateful for. It seems odd that for all these years I’ve neglected it and neglected sharing it. I’m sharing this with both of my blogs. I mean, it’s the season and all…so here are a few things I am truly grateful for:
As we left my parents house after the holiday they stood on the porch, just as they always do, rain or shine, and watched us leave until they couldn’t see the car anymore. My sister and her family had left a few hours earlier and they had done the same for her.
Watching them watch me and wave goodbye, I felt bad for leaving….and wanting to leave. Why is it that the people we need in our life are most often the people we feel we need a break from? It had been a hectic few days. Usually we’re all so prepared for the feast but this year, it was unorganized and disjointed. Two of us made pies that were actually inedible – unheard of in my family. However in the end, It ended up being fuel for lots of laughs and jokes…
With all the discombobulation though, we still had a fantastic time. We laughed a ton, drank many, MANY bottles of wine and had so much food, we couldn’t shove another bite in. For hours, all of us let go of the rest of the world, enjoyed family and all the weirdness that comes with being a part of a family. As always, after dinner, we stayed around the table talking, laughing and interrupting each other.
Just as we pulled onto the freeway to head south my kids remarked how much they enjoyed themselves. “Yea,” I said….”Our family is pretty great.”
I much consider my girlfriends my family. They are devoted, strong, could care less what I look like or what my job is, always have my back and offer me wine when I need it. I love each and every one of them and honestly, don’t know what I’d do without them. Last week at my girlfriends birthday party I laughed so hard that I thought I’d pee myself.
She’s pretty much 80lbs of awesomeness. Except when she rolls in dead things. Then she is 80lbs of putridness. As I write this, she’s balled up by my feet keeping them warm.
When I was a kid I would draw for hours. I’d also create entire plays, choreographed and all and give limited performances for my family. I was such a spazz. As an adult I take photographs, paint, write, draw and generally daydream a good part of my day. I am often inspired by the strangest of things and at the most inopportune moments. The last five or six months my creativity had taken a hiatus: a mini vaca if you will. I wasn’t inspired by much and was kinda bored. Now though….ooofta…it’s back and I am utmost thankful for it. In the past week I have sold two more pieces of work. Thankful is an understatement
I feel things very deeply. Stuff tends to get to me on a soul level. Periodically I have kept my passionate ways of thinking to myself in an attempt to feel “normal”, I no longer hide it like an awkward twin. It was damn hard to be so polite, passive and “normal.” Naysayers be damned! It’s here and here it will stay. Without it, my art was nothing but fluff anyway….and who wants that?
My body has been very good to me and I’ve been, and will remain, very good to it. In so many ways I’m healthier now than I was when younger. I don’t need pills, diets or elixirs to maintain my health. Likewise, I’m happier now with my body than I was when younger and honestly, I’m thankful to have good healthy genes.
Books, books and more books. I am thankful for the writers, the illustrators, the publishing houses, the translators and the paper mills that make the paper for the books. I’m thankful for them all. Without books in my life, I would have less to think about….and thinking is good. Also, when I am old and in need of care, please place me in a bookstore – it is all the Adult Daycare I will ever need. .
My new black James Perse side ruched dress
I know, its materialistic and stupid….but it’s sexy, fits like a glove and will be great for a night out. I love clothes and fashion…and am truly thankful I bought myself the dress. Why thank you, Jennifer. Soon, I will be thankful for a new pair of shoes as well.
And there you have it – my personal list of things, both tangible and intangible, I am grateful for. I don’t suppose it’ll change much this next year either. Although, maybe I’ll add to it….