It is Thanksgiving weekend (up here in Canada anyways). As I sit in Starbucks to catch up on my blog (once again; really have to work on writing more often!), it is amazing how busy it is here today, as opposed to the usual weekends that I am in here. My guess as to why is because it is a beautiful, sunny Fall day outside today, a long weekend, as well as people are out spending the day with their family for the holiday anyways, so why not make a stop in at Starbucks along the way? Even though it might make it a little more cramped and loud in here, it is nice to see. I like to people watch. It is a mix of all kinds of people from all walks of life; older people, younger people, parents with children, grandparents with grandchildren, pets, etc. Everyone seems a little bit more cheerful and courteous as well. I think that is one of my favorite things about the holidays. You see more smiling faces and more good deeds done than at any other time of the year.
This Thanksgiving, in light of my reflection on the events in my life this year so far, I am once again so thankful for the family and friends that I am surrounded with who are there to pick me up when I fall and to cheer me on in my goals and successes. I am also thankful for my health and the healthy path that I have been on that started earlier this year, my two cats that keep me from feeling completely lonely on those extra lonely days, the great apartment that I found earlier this year in the beautiful city of White Rock, BC, the stable job that I have had since 2011, and the ability to grow and enrich my life by having options out there that I am able to pursue (once I finally figure out which way my heart and soul is leading me!), just to name a few.
I am also thankful for the instant connection that I felt when I first went to the Winnipeg Art Gallery years ago with my Mother (thanks Mom!) to see the Marilyn Monroe collection, and also the one-woman show afterwards depicting snippets of Marilyn’s life, which brought tears to my eyes. I felt this connection as I could relate to her life in many ways, which I’ve already mentioned in my previous blog posts, so I won’t go into them again here. I have found that it is hard to find those connections in this life; whether girl friends, boyfriends, family, co-workers, etc. So to find a connection in any way, even with someone who has passed on before my time, is something to be thankful for. No matter how hard I try to disbelieve this truth, because of the hurts that I have experienced and also have witnessed others experience, it is nevertheless an ultimate truth of life: You can’t make it through this life alone. The human race needs connections with other humans to survive.
So, on this Thanksgiving weekend I am thankful for all of the varied connections that I have made and will continue to make in my life, with both people and animals. I couldn’t make it through this roller coaster of life without them.
In Continual Gratitude,