I recently read one of my best friends’ blog posts. She wrote about things she’s thankful for. You can read it here: http://kristysthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/positive-outlook/
After reading this, it became clear to me that I do need to start expressing more thanks and less negativity.
Things I Am Thankful For
- My husband. Without him I’d probably still be with my psychopath of an ex-husband, and therefore probably dead. He helped me see that there was a way out, and he helped me get there, sacraficing a year and a half of his life in order to help me. For that I am forever thankful for.
- My kids, even though they are miniature monsters and drive me crazy. My kids are what makes my life worth living. I honestly have no idea where I’d be in life without my kids. Before I got pregnant (at a very young age) all I cared about was getting high, having sex, and partying. Getting pregnant changed that. Behind their devious ways and screaming fits, they are my little angels.
- Good health. This is one of the hardest things for me to be thankful for. I take it for granted that I don’t have cancer or that I’m not dying of some rare disease. I need to exercise more, and I take a chill pill every once in a while, but I’m healthy and able-bodied, which is more than some people have.
- My own house. It might have some heavy burdens and terrible memories attached to it, but it is my own. Nobody can ever take it from me. I watched helplessly as my own parents were foreclosed on due to a terrible mortgage company (which now has a huge civil suit against them). I am thankful everyday that I do not have a mortgage or rent to pay and that I do not have to live in fear of my house being taken from me. It may not be the prettiest, or the biggest, or the best, but it is mine.
- My parents. They are always there for me, whether I need $100, an outfit for an interview, a babysitter for my kids, or a couch to sleep on. They are always, always there.
- Premium cable. I don’t know what I’d do without United States of Tara, Nurse Jackie, Shameless, The Big C, Game of Thrones, or Southland. Die, probably.
- My grandparents. For being there when I left my first husband the first time. For being there for me when I stayed with him, and when I left him again. For fronting me the money for my house, my old car, my washer and dryer, and other things needed here and there. They are the only grandparents I’ve ever known and ever will know, and they are by far the best.
- My friends. I don’t keep in touch like I should, but when I need someone to bitch to or a shoulder to cry on, they listen… no matter if it’s a sentence or three hours. So, thank you XT. Thank you Aud. Thank you Jess, Meri, and Kayla.
- My job. I am very thankful to have a new job. I have been blessed with the sheer luck of getting by without having to flip burgers or clean up after people. I’ve never had to wipe someone’s ass or smile at an asshole. I start a new job on Wednesday, full-time and $2 more per hour than my last job (which went from full time down to on-call at random). It’s in my field, and at a company I am very excited to be working for.
- Life. I’m thankful to have had the life I have so far. I’m 25 and I’ve been through a physically abusive and emotionally damaging relationship. I’ve been divorced. I’ve had three kids. I’ve had nowhere to go and no one I felt I could turn to. I’ve been to court more times than I’d like. I’ve washed blood off my car (long story) at a car wash at 2 a.m. I’ve been pooped on, peed on, and loved it. I’ve been married and remarried. I’ve given birth with epidurals and without. I’ve had great friends and I’ve had terrible friends. I’ve lived a life many people who are 25 have never even known existed. But I’ve gotten through it all.