Ok, I’ll start.
Its Thanksgiving.. and as per tradition.. it’s time to list all that I am grateful for.
This year, however, I find myself in a strange position.
2016 has not been a good year. In fact it’s been the shits.
For the first time in forever, I’m struggling to find anything positive to reflect on..
John Mann, Gord Downie
Syria (again and again)
I could go on to list so many more atrocities — sad passings or diagnosis’ — it has me shaking my head. And this year isn’t even over yet.
Is it because we’re so connected that awful world events feel so personal? Or are we truly living in a terrible time?
Does every generation look back at one point, and say “man, that was the worst”?
This sense of despondency however, goes against my nature – I’m not usually one to find the bleakness more memorable than all else.
So here goes.. here’s me turning this around.. here’s my 2016 thankful list.
- I got cancer. Yep – know this: I’m grateful. I discovered a community of wonderful people lined up to help me. Friends and family from all corners of the world inundated me with messages of absolute and unconditional love.. I felt supported, cared for and STRONG. I look at the future now with a sense of resolution, power and purpose that I realize, now, had waned in my 40’s. Thank you cancer – you tried to kick me down and, instead, you’ve made me invincible.
- I was unemployed. Oh yes – I am grateful for the experience of being unemployedfor almost 4 months at the beginning of the year. Prior to 2016 I had made my career my everything. I had put my job at the top of my priority list, above and to the detriment of all else, and had doggedly climbed that career ladder. Unemployment, initially made me feel useless. Then I took a deep breath, started volunteering, took some cooking lessons, and chilled-the-f*ck-out. And the best part of being unemployed? You do what you want to do – and you refocus on what matters. If I had not been unemployed I would not have the perspective that I have today.
- Hitting 50! I am officially half a century old. It’s astounding! My body – especially now – is a bit beaten up. I haven’t been able to run, to work out in about 5 months and my muscle tone has all gone. (I’m slightly flabby!) And, you know what? I’m ok with it. I have discovered that with age, your body simply doesn’t look like it used to. I have to be honest; I’m kinda revelling in the softness of it all! I honestly feel fabulous at 50!
So that’s my thankful list.. it’s not your usual, I know.. but then neither am I!
Join in the conversation.. tell me, what are you grateful for?