Happy Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving

I recently saw a post that broke down each year of your 20’s from best to worst. It ranked 26 as the year you figure out your own mortality and become vividly aware that you are going to die one day.

While this was certainly true for my 26th year, it was also the year that I really focused on what I was thankful for. Each day, even the days where I cried in frustration or the great days where I laughed until I cried, I tried to find things that were worth feeling grateful over. And, guess what? It wasn’t hard. 

Turns out life is pretty good, even on the bad days. 

As I read, again and again, the gratitude posts on Facebook I became a little de-sensitized. By the end of November (and arrival of Thanksgiving) most people are past thanking their family or friends and onto being thankful for whipped cream or stretchy pants. It’s funny, but I want to dig deeper. I want to know deeper. 

I wanted to say: No, tell me what you’re thankful for right this minute — what’s hovering deep in your soul? 

::Is it the way your spouse forgives you – time and time again – after you ugly cry about something ridiculous {and probably hormonal}?
::Is it the way your sister knows just when to call when you need a good laugh (or vent session)? 
::Is it that you’ve finally found a community when you’ve searched for what feels like forever? 
::Is it that you’re just so happy to have each and every family member in your life [crazy, kind, thoughtful, witty, ridiculous or frustrating] because you can’t imagine (nor would you want to) a life without any of them? 
::Is it that you’re finally coming into your skin and feel more like “yourself” than you can ever remember? 
::Is it that you finally dumped a self-destructive habit that’s been lording over you — hiding in your shadows? 

It doesn’t have to be one of these, but it’s something. Those are things for me. Those are things that I’m so very grateful for this year. I can’t even imagine writing it all out because it would be miles long and by the end, maybe, it would even include whipped cream. 

As I enter this Thanksgiving holiday I want to continue to be thankful and make sure that my 27th year is full of thankfulness as well. I also want you to know that thankful for you — even if I don’t know you or if you’re my Mom reading this from a few miles away. I’m thankful for so much and am lucky to have so much to be thankful for, the never-ending cycle. 

Here’s to hoping that your day is full of thanks, joy, love and some darn good turkey. Happy Thanksgiving. 


*Photo Credit: Romain Briaux

Published by Megan

I'm a marketer, cook, avid bug hater, cupcake lover, hiker, klutz, and married lady living in the great state of Colorado... My name is Megan Stecker and I'm a Colorado native. That's right, born and raised. I currently live in Denver and work in Marketing. I love what I do and watching it impact my client's business. I love to cook and bake. A good glass of wine can cure what's ailing you as long as you drink it in good company. I love the outdoors. Hiking, camping, exploring... I'm in. I have two dogs, Ollie and Duke, and I treat them like a children. My husband, friends and family mean everything to me. I also, inadvertently, find myself in the midst of disaster on a regular basis.

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