There are so many things I am beyond thankful for. Like this painting Smudge made for the blog. She sees how much time and effort I put into this space on the web and wants so much to be a part of it. To be a part of me. And she is, far more than she’ll ever know.
This month has been a realization in the fact that, ugh, I am aging. And she and I are getting older and life isn’t always what we expected it to be. And even though there is still so much life to live.
I have lines around my eyes, my teeth aren’t bright and white and regardless of my diet the muffin top refuses to hide its ugly head and shrink out of site.
No longer am I in my 20s where light, love and the dreams of where I’ll one day be are all in undefined future regions.
Nor am I in my 30’s when I was lighthearted and hopeful in the belief that all it took to be a success in life was to work hard and think smart. It was all within my reach because that’s just the way I roll. If I work hard enough for it, it will be.
And now my 40’s have brought a sense of calm, the ability to say no, to know what’s more important than pleasing others and their expectations is to live life for me and my family before experiences disappear within a wink.
The realization that time quickly slips through our fingers but can so quickly come into focus is something that every person should welcome with relief .
Be happy with where you are. But know there’s still room to be grow.
After delivering dinner yesterday to one of my best friends who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and then talking over the phone with another best friend who last week had a masectomy to squash the same bastardly disease, I am more than thankful that thus far I am not one of the 1 in 3 women who find this in their medical charts.
I’m thankful that I haven’t had to deliver the news to my loved ones nor acknowledge to strangers that I have MS, cancer or leukemia, all of which I have family or friends who have had to do exactly that, and who are all fighting the diseases with the best of their ability, strength and steadfast resolve.
So this Turkey day, let’s say thanks for food that nourishes us, family and friends who inspire us and nature that invigorates us.
Thank you all for reading this little old blog. You don’t know how much it means to connect with you and to hear what inspires you.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Be safe and eat plenty of pie. It’s what Smudge would want.