Yes, Even I’m Thankful

So, it’s almost Thanksgiving – the most pointless holiday I’ve ever celebrated in my whole entire thirty fabulous years of living.  Each year, I dread this holiday because it’s so completely boring.  You get together with people – around a table (or not) – you eat – and you nap.  That’s pretty much what Thanksgiving has always been for me.  Absolutely boring.

People say that this is their favorite holiday and I honestly just don’t understand that.  Is it because they get off work so they can eat all day?  Is it because of the parade that features the same things every year?  No clue.  However, what I do know is that…recently…my appreciation for this stupid, stupid holiday has grown more and more.

Thanksgiving circles around family.  It’s supposed to be a time where family gets tuntitled3ogether and you eat (of course) and reminisce about why you’re thankful and whatnot…before napping, that is.  What I have realized for almost the past two years is that “family” is not limited to those in the biological sense.  Family is much more than that – and, oftentimes, it’s stronger than that.  My biological family practically sucks.  But my family…which consists of my partner, his family, my daughter, my close friends…they are a stronger family and bond than I could have ever imagined.  We don’t get to choose our family when we’re born – that’s just the way it happens.  However, we do get the chance to choose who we surround ourselves with and consider our family as we experience life.  For me, my family has changed – and it has changed in a way that has made me a better person – and so much happier.

So, even though I absolutely hate the “I’m thankful for…” posts on Facebook and Twitter and wherever else – it doesn’t mean I’m not thankful.  I have much to be thankful for, in fact – I just don’t feel the need to post it on a daily basis.  For this post, however, I’ll point out that my true family – those that I choose to surround myself with and give my time to – provide me with the ultimate feeling of thankfulness.  It’s from their love and support – their humor – their openness and acceptance that I have been able to grow in confidence and maturity the past few years…and it’s given me a deeper understanding of how a true family operates.

It’s amazing to see where I’ve come from and where I am now.  Two completely different places with completely different people – but where I am now…with the people in my life (even if they nap)…gives plenty of meaning for me to this otherwise stupid holiday.

Happy nap day.

[SAJ]

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