In Which I am Thankful

One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories happened when I was in fourth grade. When I was in fourth grade, my friend H and I spent a class period helping in the classroom designed for the mentally and physically disabled students; I think the rest of our class was being read to by our teacher (H and I were in an advanced reading class), though I really can’t remember. Reading to fourth graders seems really juvenile now that I think about it.

ANYWAY. H and I would visit with each student, play computer games with them, do crafts, and help with homework. It was an extremely humbling experience for the both of us and taught us a lot about compassion and embracing differences. Around Thanksgiving that year, we were invited to share a meal with the class, so instead of eating lunch in the cafeteria at our usual table, we ate in their classroom and made Thanksgiving crafts. I’ve never forgotten the students in that classroom and what they taught me about being thankful for the things in your life.

I have a lot to be thankful for this year. I am happier, healthier, and a better personal overall. I feel like I can mark 2012 off as a good year, and for that alone, I am thankful.

In no particular order, I present to you my list of things I am thankful for:

  • Finding my happy. 2011 was a tumultuous year for me, but 2012 was the year I found myself and my happy. I am thankful for the courage I found within myself to make drastic changes in my life.
  • Assholes. Yup, I am thankful for assholes. Had they not shown their true selves to me, they would still be in my life. I am thankful for removing toxic people from my life.
  • Winey. She is my very bestest friend and isn’t afraid to give me some tough love when I need it. We’ve driven across the country, had tons of adventures, and we always push each other to be the best people we can be. She moved to Ohio for an amazing job, yes, but I like to pretend that she mostly moved here just for me. ;) She’s proved to be the best friend I’ve ever had and I am so thankful she’s no longer a million miles away. I LOVE YOUUUUUU.
  • Cuddles. I may not get them as often as I’d like, but I am thankful for the cuddles I get and for the person cuddling me. He may be far away, but knowing that he cares is definitely something to be thankful for.
  • Spotify. The Spotify app on my phone has reintroduced me to music I used to love as well as new favorites. And it’s saved me from countless radio commercials. Best $9.99 I spend every month.
  • Facebook pokes. I know it’s silly, but when a certain person pokes me on Facebook, it never fails to make me smile, no matter what is happening in my day.
  • My friends, both near and far. I have a great group of friends who have been extremely supportive over the last year. They’ve never made me feel bad for the changes I’ve decided to make in my life and they’re always up for dinner and hanging out when I need it most. The virtual support I’ve gotten from certain people (you know who you are) has been needed and welcomed.
  • Boyscout. He’s been an amazing friend throughout everything I’ve gone through. He’s one of my greatest cheerleaders and has helped me a lot during my journey to finding my happy, even if he has a hard time with volume controls on occasion.
  • Stopping my migraine medicine. One of my greatest accomplishments this year was weaning myself off Topamax. I rarely get migraines now, and when I do, they are easily treated.
  • Twitter. While the Twitter has been annoying me a lot as of late, it’s still brought me some of the most awesome people in my life. So I guess it’s a trade-off. Plus, you guys can be pretty supportive sometimes.
  • My family. My parents may drive me batty sometimes, but I know they love and support me, no matter what.
  • My former boss. She was the first boss I’ve ever had who truly saw my potential and allowed me to run with all sorts of ideas and responsibilities. Unfortunately, she’s no longer my boss.
  • The pretty things in life, like shoes, lingerie, and dresses. A good pair of shoes will always put me in a better mood. I’ve never owned so many dresses in my entire life. I can be pretty girly when I want to be.
  • Smiling. I feel like I’ve done more smiling this year than ever before. And that’s a good thing.
  • Chapstick. Oh, chapstick, my life would be miserable without you. I know I have an addiction and because I use it so much, my lips no longer produce their own moisture. BUT I CAN’T QUIT YOU, CHAPSTICK.
  • My passion. If I’m passionate about something, I go all in. My passion is what makes me a great librarian and allows me to live a fun and fulfilled life, as cheesy as that sounds.
  • G and J. I am thankful for the hugs you give me. I am thankful for the times you want me to tuck you in at night and read you stories and play smash cars. I am thankful for your love, even though I just randomly appeared in your lives one day. I am proud to be your honorary Aunt Bitchy.

I know that it’s a lot easier to cling to the negative things in your life instead of looking toward the positive, but try to take some time this season to focus on the good things in your life. Chances are, you have a lot to be thankful for.

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6 Responses to “In Which I am Thankful”

  1. We’re all quite thankful that you found your happy :-)

  2. Lou Lange says:

    Like I told your cohort, I am thankful and you and W “share a part of your life”. I have seen you break out of that shell and it definitely shows. Thank you for being a good on-line friend!

  3. Nikki says:

    Hooray! So glad weaning off Topamax worked out well, and that your migraines are manageable. Here’s to a good 2013. :)

    • Bitchy Librarian says:

      I feel like I’ve been SO lucky with how well I weaned off it.

      Yes! I am hopeful that 2013 will be even better than 2012!