I decided to not even make this the "What Am I Thankful For" post as there are so many things that I am thankful for right now. Here are just a few.
I am thankful that even when I start to feel really down about things that are going on in my personal life, I am now able to pull myself out of it and still see the good things in life. It hasn't been so long since I wasn't able to do that. I focused solely on the negative and could never see the positive. I had a constant feeling of "Woe is me". That's not to say that I don't still think to myself that there really isn't a whole lot more I could take in life. The good thing is that now I can still see all the wonderful things in my life that surround the things that don't seem so great.
I have the best friends in the world. Back in the FD's (Fat Days) I didn't really have any "friends". I had people that I would talk to in class, who probably would have become my friends if I had let them. They invited me places but I would never go. I was so unhappy with myself that I just wanted to stay at home all the time. When I started to run, I gained an entire new network of friends. Now, I have people that I can call any time and just tell them that I need to run/walk/do hills, whatever, and they are there for me. I love the fact that these friends started as mostly running friends but we have now graduated to being friends "in real life" also.
I am so thankful for my husband. We have been together for going on 12 years now (going on 7 married) and I still love him more each day. He has seen me through the best and loved me through the worst. He is supportive in whatever I want to do and he is the person that I know I was meant to be with.
My family is something that I'm truly thankful for but it is a little different this year. This year has provided the opportunity for me to really see my family band together and help each other out. I have always known that we love each other, but a lot of times those are just words. I have had the chance to see my family self sacrifice in order to help each other. I have sat in a hospital room surrounded by 8 or more family members because we know we are stronger together.
Lastly, and possibly most importantly this Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for my grandfather. He has had a really rough year and been through a lot of things that would seem unbearable to most. I am thankful for the guidance and love he has provided me and my family over the years. He is the person I look up to most in this world, and I am very thankful that he's a part of my life.