The year of 2017 has been filled with good times and sorrowful ones. As I took another trip around the sun adventures were surely included, and I anticipate more around the corner as we make our way into the year 2018.
I spent a good amount of time learning lessons that I had no desire to learn, and yet I was thankful for the wisdom gained after the storms had past. My heart was broken, I fell down and had to find the strength to stand once again.
And in the midst of it all I have grown stronger.
Today in America it is thanksgiving and although I missed the opportunity to speak about gratitude for my national thanksgiving I can piggyback on the American holiday in an effort to speak of what’s on my heart.
This month also holds my birthday and there was a great celebration with amazing friends and it really made it clear how blessed I am in the complicated journey we call Life.
I am truly thankful for the wonderful friends who I have in my life. They have accepted me flaws and all, and have even welcomed me into their families. I couldn’t have asked for more and the love I have felt this year was enough to weather any storm I encountered.
Thank you for being patient with on the days I struggled to stand or when I forgot an umbrella to protect me from the rain.
I’m thankful for my family who has seen my good and bad days and has simply loved me more.
Thank you to the people who have walked into my life and who I’ve had to ask to leave. It has been the hardest thing in my life to do, but standing up for myself and the standards that I have in place for how I should be treated are better now. Perhaps you were only looking after yourself, and that in itself is not wrong, but I too am simply trying to find my way in the world and treating others with unkindness is not how I choose to do it.
I truly hope you find the life you feel you need and deserve.
Perhaps this year has truly been a year of growth for me. I feel as though I still have a lot of learning and growth to do but some of the beauties of nature never stop in their growth until the very end of their days.
Something to strive for I suppose.
I’m thankful for the good and the bad, although I am not a masochistic so wishing for bad is not something I want to be known for. But I am thankful for the struggles because although my life would much easier without them, I hope that they affect my character in a positive manner.
Thank you for everyone who takes a moment to read this simple outlet of my mind. It brings my heart joy to think that my words can connect to others in some way.