Even though it’s not something we celebrate here in the UK, I’ve always liked the idea of Thanksgiving. I’d love to start our own small tradition; not in a commercialised way, but as an opportunity to take a few moments to think about what we are grateful for, to reflect upon how lucky we actually are and marking it by cooking a special meal, lighting candles and swapping notes of thanks.
Today I’m not going to complain about my ills. Instead, I’m going to share a few of the things I am grateful for.
- Waking up every morning; even when I’m in pain I am grateful that I can still listen to the birds sing and see the beautiful sky, to be able to go outside and feel sunshine or rain on my skin. I’m grateful that I am alive.
- For the people in my life; my friends and family that love and support me. And my fiance, who is my best friend and soul mate and who I couldn’t bear to be without. That he has taken on this illness alongside me, lightening the load.
- My healthcare; for the doctors that look after me and the drugs that have come so far over the past ten years, meaning that my Still’s hasn’t progressed in quite the same way it would have previously. For the hope that research into future drugs brings.
- For every day I am able to get out of bed and function to some extent, even just to manage the smallest of tasks. For the fact that my pain is mostly bearable right now.
- That I have a roof over my head and food on the table and do not live in fear, unlike many people in the world.
- Despite everything, I am thankful that I am who I am.
I’m sure I’ll be able to add more things as they come to me… but what one thing are you thankful for today?
And do you have any personal Thanksgiving traditions?