I would be lying if I didn’t say today was hard. This morning I woke up and woke up to loving texts wishing me a happy Thanksgiving. I was planning to call my mom on the way to work. As I got into my car I started crying. This is my first holiday away from home. It is just one of those things that make 2000 miles feel like 20,000 miles. Sure I have worked holidays in the past and honestly I am so grateful that I did work today. Even now I can’t help but miss my family.
I think what is even harder is knowing this my new normal. The chances of me spending any holidays on the holiday with my family are small. But like my mom told me today, we need to focus on what we do have.
I am grateful to have a family that wants to be together on the holidays, and that misses me as much as I miss them.
I am grateful for the community that I have started to build here, that allowed me several thanksgiving celebrations.
I am grateful to live in a beautiful place, doing what I love.
There are so many things to be grateful for. I know that this a is giving looks different for a lot of people. I just want to say that it is okay to be upset that you are not having the typical celebration. It’s okay to wish it was different. I think it is okay to mourn what has been lost this year. It’s okay to cry, I know I did!
Let us be grateful for the little things. I pray that you are filled with so much love this holiday season, no matter what I looks like.