Any of you that know me (digitally or IRL) are probably aware: I'm a deeply cynical person. Dry, dark, and slightly cutting is my default setting--I'd never say something straight if I could make a joke about it instead.
So it's a bit strange for me to be talking about being grateful in total, utter sincerity. Bear with me here.
It may seem kind of cheesy, and it can absolutely be trite and hollow, but there's something really beautiful about taking a step back and acknowledging how much you have to be thankful for.
For me, that's always been a huge tally. I'd be disingenuous--worse--not to acknowledge how amazing a hand I've been dealt by life. As my dad put it, during one particularly memorable high school shouting match, "you think you hit a home run when you were born on third base" (expletives removed).
He was right though: I've had a life where all I had to do was hit singles...or just not lose ground. And I'm deeply thankful for that.
As long as we're talking about cups running over, we might as well fill them with the right things...
This year, though, I feel especially fortunate. I've been given opportunities that I've been hoping for for longer than I can remember. I've met so many amazing people, all of them doing amazing things. I've had the support of so many fantastic, talented, hard-working individuals that it's almost embarrassing.
I've always been a lucky person, in the cosmic sense (I NEVER win raffles, so you know, that's a pretty real cross to bear), but this year, on every level, I feel like I won the lottery...more than once.
That's true every day of the year, and I'm never unaware of it, but I wanted to take a moment, on a day when we all hopefully have a chance to take a step back, and acknowledge it in so many words:
I'm incredibly lucky.
And I won't waste the opportunities I've been given.
Hope you're all having a happy (and weirdly sincere?) day with people you love.