You know how some people will say, â€œIâ€™ve had A Dayâ€? Meaning not exactly that itâ€™s been really long, or really busy, or really bad, or really great, or really stressful, or really tiring â€¦ but just that itâ€™s been enough of a variety of all those things to just take a lot out of you?
Maybe Iâ€™m the only one who says that. But you understand. And so, yeah. It would be safe to say that Iâ€™ve been having A Year. If you know me, you understand the truth of that. Iâ€™d prefer not to explain further.
Itâ€™s hard doing this, sometimes. Thereâ€™s always plenty to talk about. But thereâ€™s not always plenty to talk that can be both interesting and appropriate for all the different people who read this. Itâ€™s a delicate balance, and one that I havenâ€™t always managed the right way.
Anyway, given how itâ€™s been this year, there are certainly some things for which Iâ€™m not so very thankful. Lifeâ€™s never entirely perfect, is it?
But those things are, always, far outweighed by the many ways in which I am exceedingly, embarrassingly, especially fortunate. Iâ€™m healthy, safe, comfortable â€¦ all that. But most important way is the people that Iâ€™m lucky enough to have in my life.
I have a thoroughly random collection of people towards which I feel, on some level, close. Many have no connection to each other. And theyâ€™re talented, and clever, and impress me unendingly.
But more importantly, this year in particular, I have been able to really see how amazing you are, not as being anything but just you. I have needed a lot this year, and I am humbled and grateful every single day that I have the friends and family that I do.
So: happy Thanksgiving. This is me giving thanks, on so many levels, for you.