It’s my very first ever Thanksgiving! Having moved to Canada from the Scotland a few months ago, it’s not a tradition I’m used to celebrating – but I want to jump in headfirst and get truly into the spirit – so I thought I would share some of the things that I am so very grateful for this Thanksgiving.
1. A Family That Won’t Quit
Though we may simply never understand each other, I am in the extremely privileged position to say that I know without a shadow of a doubt that my family will always be there for me, no matter what. We might fight like cat and dog and disagree on just about every principle in life, but I know that come rain or shine they’ll always be there. They say you can’t choose your family, but I consider myself to be very lucky to have the family that I do and I don’t tell them enough how much I appreciate them.
2. Friends, Old and New
I know I haven’t exactly been an easy person to be around these past few years, it hasn’t been easy on those people that are close to me. I’m sad to say I’ve lost a few friends along the way, I hope those people know they’re still in my thoughts every day.
But I want to say how grateful I am for those that stayed the course, the ones that watched me repeatedly tear myself to shreds and still stuck around to pick up the parts every time, you know who you are and I am so grateful for you.
I also want to mention how grateful I am for the new friends I have made since moving to Canada, my new life here wouldn’t have been the same without you, you have really made the experience for me and helped me to turn this new city into a home.
3. A Changing World
I’m thankful for the opportunities that have been afforded me. After ten years of working for myself it turns out I’m pretty useless as an employee, can’t handle authority, won’t take orders and don’t like having to conform to a structure that is not my own – 20 years ago I’d probably be out on my ass struggling to find anyone who’ll take me. But things are different now, companies are adapting and being more open minded about different work structures. I’ve been lucky enough to work with companies here that see my value and what assets I can bring to their organisation, rather than just looking for a number or a cog in a wheel.
I’ve also never felt more encouraged or empowered as a woman. True, we still have a long way to go, but the incredible environment of ‘women building women’ is like never before and I can only see it going up from here. I’m excited to continue living in a world that’s improving on the daily (at least in this area…)
4. The Love of My Cat
No, I’m not joking. Jasper is genuinely one of the main things I am grateful for. When I announced I was moving to Canada, almost everyone told me I should just leave the cat behind, but that was never an option for me. I won’t go full on cat-lady here, but suffice it to say there are have been a lot of dark times that would have been a hell of a lot darker without that fluffball to come home to.
5. My Health and Happiness
Obvious as this may be, I can testify to how easy it is to take these things for granted. I abused my health and happiness for a long time and disrespected my body and my wellbeing. I’m very fortunate to be where I am today – happy, healthy and strong, (if a little softer round the edges) and I’ll never take that for granted again.
6. The Promise of What’s To Come
I have been a little out of sorts the last few days, mainly because I have some very big, life changing forks in the road ahead of me. But among the confusion, I have had my eyes opened to just how much anything can change, how much is open to us, how drastically your circumstances can shift any number of times. It’s natural to get stuck in the daily grind and just feel like things are set in their ways – but they’re not. There really is a whole world out there, anything could happen at any moment, and we can paint whatever picture we want with our lives. I’m thankful to have been reminded that we choose our own adventures.
What Are You Thankful For?
Even if you’re in a part of the world that doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving, maybe take a moment tomorrow to think about what you’re grateful for. It feels pretty good to remind yourself of all the things you have going for you.
I’ll be spending Thanksgiving having a traditional turkey roast with my new found Vancouver friends. I will of course also be whipping up a few of my classic desserts as well! Spending a day in my new home with good food and better people (and the cat), I can’t imagine a better holiday.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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