Thanksgiving: it is one on my favourite times of the year, where the holiday does not celebrate with gifts and fanfare, or at least not in our household, but rather with the gathering of family, friends, memories, thoughts and, of course, food. Do not mistake me: I am a Christmas fanatic and I will go overboard on anything and everything when it comes to that time and season, but in this moment and time, as I stare out at the golden-amber hue of a sun-kissed maple tree streaming through my window, it’s the best thing in the world.
For many, there are endless traditions to look forward to this weekend, and for just as many there are probably some very difficult memories, experiences and challenges to face; I don’t want to discount or disrespect anyone facing down such hardships through a holiday, so no matter the circumstances you find yourself in today, I hope you have love and support, in any form, to keep you warm. In terms of our own family’s traditions, however cliche it may be, I do enjoy thinking through all that I am thankful for, and there are many boxes to check: family, friends, shelter, and many more I could sound off rather quickly and happily. This year, however, I wanted to challenge myself to thinking differently on how I give my thanks, and so I thought back through my 41 years of experiences and came up with a list I hope can perhaps inspire others to think differently as well.
I am thankful for my regrets
This is not to suggest that I actively seek out making regretful decisions, but I’ve come to realize at this stage in my life that, rather than try to pretend that I live a life with ‘no regrets’, I instead recognize that I live a life that embraces what I’ve experienced in the past. I am not happy with all of my previous decisions or choices, per se, but I appreciate that if I treat those past choices with respect, then they all possess the ability to act as a lesson toward the decisions I make today.
I am thankful for all those who ever doubted me
I am thankful for those little moments that no one else experiences
Every now and then this world delivers you a beautiful moment, when no one else is around, and you recognize that this is not the time to bring out your phone or camera. You stop and appreciate that, whatever is happening or was set there before you is only for you. That’s pretty damn special.
I am thankful for the stories we have to tell
I am Thankful for The Legend of Zelda, Lego, and Nature.
I am thankful for all those who have supported me
With so many things to be thankful for and appreciative of, it seems I could type on forever, but I think it would be better to let you go about and enjoy your own events and joys. So, however you spend your Thanksgiving weekend, I hope it brings you back to some fond memories, while creating some new ones along the way, some you share with others, and a few you can keep all to yourself. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!