Never too late to give some Thanks

I was away for a decent portion of the Thanksgiving holidays.  It was nice to see some of my more distant family (meaning in north Alabama).  So of course I missed my Thanksgiving post.  What am I thankful for?

For some time I have been in a rough patch.  There have been ups and downs, and right now I’ve been down.  But it has made me thankful for a lot.  Sometimes it is hard to realize how good the good things in life are until you are faced with a challenge.  And 2011 has been just that, a massive challenge.

The most important and wonderful thing I am thankful for is all of my fantastic friends and family.  I can honestly say that without their love and support, I would not be here.  When I have fallen, they have always been there to catch me.  I really love you guys and I am glad to have met every one of you!

I am thankful for my dog, P-chan, who has always been there to lick away my troubles and cuddle the night away with me.

I am thankful for my parents, who despite their faults, have always tried their darndest to support me.

I am thankful for everyone on the study abroad trip!  You guys not only pushed me to step outside of my comfort zone and try new things, but you also, unknowingly, helped me see that life keeps going.

I am also thankful that I decided to fight, and not give up and take the easy way out.  This year has been full of obstacles, which I will have to continue to face the coming year.  But I have chosen to fight and reclaim my life as my own.

Despite all of my struggles this year and everything I have been battling against, I have realized the important parts of my life are great and maybe, just maybe, something good can come from all the bad.  I just have to be strong and know that I deserve happiness and love!

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Good-bye Backpack!

So I’ve been putting it off as long as possible, but tonight I finally broke down and bought a new backpack.  And I can’t say it wasn’t needed.  My old one has had a hole in the top since my second semester in college and since traveling to Europe has had a steadily expanding hole in the threadbare bottom.  Sometimes the zipper would get stuck and bits of its plastic lining were coming apart.  But honestly, it’s been a great backpack.  I bought it when I first came to college, so it is over 3 years old.  The really amazing part was the it was a $15 Wal-mart backpack.  So it truly lived above its expectations.

I can’t say I’m not a little bit sad to let it go.  I get kind of attached to things that I’ve had for awhile.  Not only did this backpack serve as something to carry my books around in, but I also took it on every trip I went on.  It was there all those times I went home, to the beach, to Japan, and to Europe last summer.  It really was well traveled lol.  I was really hoping it would be able to last until I graduated before I finally had to retire it.  I never thought it would last so long, especially those last six months with the hole growing in the bottom.  But well, RIP backpack, you were a good servant.