As Americanos, we have been celebrating the day of thanks or what we call “Thanksgiving”. This day means so much more than what the media portrays it as, but I’m sure you already know that false lie.
“Thanksgiving” is not about Pilgrims and Natives coming together to unite. That whole ideal has been thrown out into the trash as we awakened to realize what really happened.
“Thanksgiving” is not about Black Friday and all the deals you are looking forward too. That is consumerism at its best!
“Thanksgiving” is a day of giving thanks to all that we have. It is being grateful for the little things such as your child’s laugh and their silly frustrations. It is being thankful for your health and a simple smile shone your way.
Below are ten reasons why I live, why I love and why I continue to thrive……
- My 16 year old who is intelligent, an Anime nerd and my witty daughter. She is my first born and awakened me to what love truly is. When I look back at the days when she was born, I was so young yet I matured once she entered my world. She has taught me internal patience and unconditional love. I have 16 years of beautiful memories that can never be replaced!
- My 7 year old who is funny, intelligent and motivated to learn! She has taught me to live free and how to enjoy the little things in life. I was much older when she came into my life and it was a bit of a struggle, but I overcame my struggles and it made me a stronger female. She is the light of the family that can bring my stress down in a second!
- My husband. Being married is a fairy tale mixed with reality. He is my other half and I’m so grateful for all that he does for my daughters and I. He has taught me that no matter what happens, he is my forever and who can not be grateful for that?!
- My Mother. She is a fighter! She has fought against addiction, cancer and other health problems. She continues to keep going, which I’m so grateful for! I have so many beautiful memories of her helping mold me as a child!
- My Brother. He has been such a help to me as I was a single mother and even now as I’m married. How can I not be grateful for him, when he helps watch my little one (his youngest niece)! He even helps clean my house while he awaits to pick up the little one. At the end of the day, I’m grateful that he is probably one of the only souls who knows the true me.
- My Father. He is smiling down from heaven and has left his legacy of his intelligence, his wit and his love of great music! Although he struggled with addiction, he never lost the love he had for his children! His hand and his heart was always open and he was always there for me whether it was to pay for college or just a much needed hug!
- My career. I love, love, love teaching and I cannot say how thankful I am for having the ability to do what I do. Some people live their lives working miserably. Some work hard for years and years only to make pennies. I have been blessed to have everything wrapped into my career! I can only thank my internal will to get through college. At times, I wonder how the heck I did it, but I did and I loved every moment of it. College was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. I grew internally and learned so much during those years. It made me happy to see how proud it made my Dad while I went through college. And it obviously all paid off!
- My God. There are many, many people who understands who and what “God” is all about. I am grateful that I have always had a relationship with my God and he/she has always been by my side. If you have a true relationship with your God, you understand and comprehend that love. I can share a few stories with you where I put all my faith in God when I had nothing physically or emotionally and I’ve ALWAYS, ALWAYS, been taken care of! There are not enough thank you’s for my beautiful God!
- My Grandma Moralez. She was such a great Grandmother. She loved all of her grandchildren, but I truly feel we had a special relationship due to my particular teen upbringing. She took me in, she guided me, she was patient, she was funny, loving and a great cook! I love her so much that it truly still hurts that she departed to heaven. I’m beyond grateful for her for stepping up and helping me through my high school years. She taught me how to cook, clean and most importantly, how to live a life with morals and how to give all negativity to God.
- Last, but not least, I’m ever so grateful for each student and school/teacher friends who have come and gone throughout my life! I began teaching as a young adult whilst learning who I was. I’ve grown into the person I am because of all those little and big students. Each one of them has taught me something even when it was nothing. Not only that, but there have been so many positive people I’ve met who stamped their knowledge onto my soul. I have a few of my school/teacher friends who I still talk to and have become life friends with! A few of my high school adult students still keep in contact with me. Now, that is gratefulness at its finest!