Update: I wrote this post three years ago – my first Thanksgiving as a blogger here on Trokspot Enterprises – and this is an update of that post. I’ve got it pretty good, and Thanksgiving is a good time to reflect on that and be especially thankful for a lot!
I’m not always the biggest fan of posting everything to social media. I’m not sure that airing all of your dirty laundry (or even your clean laundry for that matter) on Facebook, Twitter, or the blogosphere, is the wisest decision.
Yet, as I sit here on a comfortable couch drinking a beer, watching football, surrounded by family, about to eat an excessive amount of food, I do feel that it’s an appropriate time to go through a quick list of things I’m thankful for…
Update: I am still surrounded by (most – miss you Zaboo and Joel) of my family. And I am delighted that my sister has a nice enough home that we can comfortably share…and that we all like each other well enough to want to share it with one another!
But before I even go through this list, I think it’s important to remember that when we (and by we I also mean I) pause on Thanksgiving to remember some of the things that we’re thankful for and have been blessed with, that it’s not just Thanksgiving that many of us are afforded these blessings. These are things that I am thankful for all of the time; Thanksgiving is just a good reason to take an extra couple of minutes to remember them.
Update: This has been an especially big year for my family, with lots of great stuff that has happened. And there’s still no better time than Thanksgiving to pause and remember many of these awesome things!
I’m thankful for my family.
Update: We’ve had some new additions to the family… My wife, Em, is now “officially” family, and I couldn’t be happier to have such a great partner as we begin to define our own family! Also, welcome to Ethan and (almost) Joel. Oh, and nearly another Parker. Wow, I told you we were growing!
That I was raised in a very stable house with siblings that I got along with (most of the time!) and with parents that were able to provide for more than my basic necessities.
I’m thankful that I’ve never truly gone hungry.
I’m thankful that I am employed (grad school is close enough…I’m able to live!)
Update: Grad school seems like a while ago… I am still employed and have a pretty nice job…and I am thankful for that.
I’m thankful for a little nugget named Em.
Update: We are married! Yikes, how did that happen!?! Seriously, we are so happy and are incredibly lucky to have had the wedding that we did…we had so many people that helped and supported us throughout the entire process and day (and continue to do so), and we couldn’t be luckier.
I’m thankful that I have no physical disabilities.
I’m thankful for having amazing friends.
I’m thankful for the rather extravagant meal that I’m about to indulge in.
Update: Still rather extravagant…but just fun to mention that everyone is great at pitching in to make it an overall great meal.
I’m thankful for my two adorable little nieces who crack me up and make me smile.
Update: Add a nephew to that mix. And another on the way….slow down, Parkers!
I’m thankful that all of my family is in good health.
I’m thankful that I have both sets of grandparents alive and fairly well.
Update: One grandparent on each side. It was still a blessing to have all of them around and involved for as long as they were!
I’m thankful that I have enough free time to spend with people I care about.
I’m thankful for a new little puppy named Wendy.
Update: Wendy is still the cutest.
I’m thankful that I have a warm, comfortable place to sleep every night and plenty of food to eat everyday.
I’m thankful that I’m able to travel to places to see different people that I enjoy seeing.
Update: I’m thankful for our very happy beachy life that makes most days feel like I am on vacation! I don’t want to lose perspective on how lucky we are to be in such a lovely place with lovely weather with each other and plenty of friends eager to visit!
I’m thankful that I’ve been afforded many opportunities that many others aren’t for a variety of reasons.
I’m thankful that I have the luxury to have lounged around on Thanksgiving day without worrying about much.
I’m thankful that I have access to all kinds of technology that I use on a daily basis without thinking about.
Update: The old DPU laptop died just about a year ago…eight years strong. RIP. However, I know that we are fortunate to have been able to replace that laptop with a new one when the time came.
I’m thankful that I have clean water and other sanitation issues taken care of.
I’m thankful that I have a reliable car to get where I need to go.
I’m thankful that I get to experience four different seasons every year (even though I sometimes complain about the cold).
Update: I now live in the south, and I am loving the weather there (even if I miss out a little bit on some of the seasons…I’ll see winter for a quick visit and that’s good enough for me!)
Even more recent Update: I am even further south now. If we keep this up, we’ll be living on a Caribbean island before you know it!
I’m thankful that I’m fortunate enough to care about frivolous things like sports and fantasy football, and television shows.
I’m thankful for all of the abilities that I’ve been gifted, and for the opportunity to develop those skills and even venture into new ones.
I’m thankful to be 26 and debt free with a supply of steady work when many others are not.
Update: I’m three years older, but still debt free, with work. Thankful.
In short, I know that I’ve had all kinds of opportunities and gifts given to me. I’ve tried not to squander many of these incredibly opportunistic and fortunate things; I know that opportunity enough is not enough to succeed and be happy – I’ve tried to take advantage and utilize these things their fullest because I know that not everyone was given these things. Being raised as a white, middle class, Christian male, in America, with a stable and supportive family, great friends, educational opportunities, and many other advantages have all contributed to many of the great things that I am thankful for (certainly not an exhaustive list, by the way).
And this is my sappy, Thanksgiving post.
Update: I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!