Thankful: November 1
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A long time ago, in the days of Livejournal, I used to do a project where I talked about something I was thankful for every day in November leading up to Thanksgiving.
I'm a huge fan of Thanksgiving. It's my favorite holiday. A lot of the reason why is because of food and cooking and coziness and togetherness, but I also really like the element of thankfulness, of taking time to really appreciate what we have. It's a holiday without the materialistic qualities of Christmas, another thing I really enjoy. Yet it has all the good things about Christmas, too -- the opportunity and desire to help others, the great food, and (if you're lucky) time off to enjoy it. I love cooking a vegan Thanksgiving feast and enjoying the day more than anything!
Anyway, I'd like to re-start this tradition of talking about the things in my life that I'm thankful for. I've been far too mired in the negative these last few years, at least inside my own head. Time to change that.
To start things off on a really personal note (though I guess these will all be personal), today I'm thankful for my relationship with my boyfriend of almost 3 years, G. I've always been reticent to talk about him publicly because he's an incredibly private person. But there could be no other choice than him, to start off what I'm thankful for in my life this month. He's so important to me in my everyday life and our finding each other changed so much for me.
He's my greatest champion, kind and compassionate, the yin to my yang (I'm definitely the yang...). Over the last 3 years he's been there through some extremely difficult times. He's never once told me I should be anything other than what I am in any moment, and that's an incredibly special thing -- something I never realized was so important before. I've never felt so accepted for who I am, instead of who I could be.
We've had so many adventures together. I've never met someone who makes me laugh so hard. He is forgiving and gentle and smart and a really great balancing force to my tornado-like personality. He makes me want to be a better person, a more calm, understanding person, every day.
I'm so thankful for him and for the happiness we've experienced so far. Every day I miss him when I'm at work and look forward to him coming home at night. It's so simple, yet so important to appreciate another person like that. I hope there's a lot more adventuring and laughter to come. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥