It’s the holidays, and if your blogroll looks anything like mine, you’ve been deluged with Christmas decorations since early November. People are starting to construct their Christmas lists, show off their gorgeously decorated homes, and you feel like you have to be on top of it all and do the same thing.
I know that I can’t be the only one who looks at blogs and sees the sunshiney lives of beautiful people who live in gorgeous, magazine ready homes, and feels immediate jealousy. My sister and I walked through Ikea and I had the feeling that I just had to have something of everything. Why? I literally didn’t even need a single thing, but I felt that if I had one more plate charger, my life would be complete. Have you ever had that strange feeling? Like you feel that you need to fill your home up with things that don’t even matter in the end?
While I was on Facebook, I stumbled upon a Craigslist ad that my cousin had posted in regards to a yurt that her friend was selling. I had initially thought that this yurt was just something that they had on their property, but it turned out that they lived in it full time, and wanted to upgrade to something a little more rooted (with running water) before their second baby came along. If you’re not familiar with a yurt, it’s a portable structure used mainly by nomads in Central Asia. And she lives in it year round. There were pictures of the inside…it was beautiful. Seriously gorgeous. And I thought, they live so simply and are so incredibly happy with what they have…how can I be like that?
I have so much to be thankful for. I started out this month with serving up joy and happiness in large amounts as I surprised my best friend and family for the weekend. Seeing the tears of joy running down my best friends face as she stood shocked in front of me just filled my heart up. Seeing my parents standing the living room staring at me as I walked in unannounced, watching my puppy recognize me; these are the things that matter in life. Not how many nice pairs of shoes you have, not what car you drive, not how your house looks compared to every one elses. We’ve become so caught up in the material aspect of our lives that we forget to live them.
I’m reminded everyday of what I have to be thankful for, and though some days I hate my job, or I’m drowning in homework, or I dread going to class, I remind myself that I’m lucky for what I have. I get to come home every night to someone who loves me and supports me no matter what crazy harebrained idea I come up with (and believe me, there have been a few). I resolve every year to be more grateful for what I have, but I am really feeling it this year.
I’m so grateful for brides that have helped me grow my fledgling business, I’m grateful for sisters who don’t mind if I text them in the middle of the night. I’m grateful for my Chief who looked at me and saw a firefighter, and not just a girl. I’m grateful for my Fireman, for always standing next to me even when I don’t deserve it. The next few months are going to be a doozy, but I want to remember to be grateful, even when I’m not.
These are my people. They’re what I’m thankful for, even when they annoy me, or put the dishes in the dishwasher wrong,. I am thankful every single day that I’m lucky enough to have them in my life and that they put up with my shenanigans.
There’s my thankful list. It’s simple and to the point. What are you thankful for this year??
PS: if you’re in the market for a yurt, I can probably get you one.