Thank you for another year.
Thank you for letting me finish my first marathon today, and that I ended it with my body still whole.
Thank you for giving me my great family: Parents who tirelessly support & love me, siblings who keep me grounded, cousins and aunts and uncles who remain the best friends anyone one can hang out with, as well as inspirations in life. Thank you for a beautiful niece who continues to dazzle me as she grows.
Thank you for the friends who make up the family with no blood ties: Friends who have been with me for as long as I can remember, friends I just recently met but are wonderful and just as cherished, friends that I rarely see or talk to, but I know are always there. Friends that I can be silly with, who will gamely join in adventures and travels without a murmur of “I can’t do that.” Friends who do not give the advice that I want to hear, but the ones that I need to hear.
Thank you for keeping a roof above me head, food at my table and money to pay for the bills.
Thank you for the travel opportunities this year, the new places that I’ve seen, the delicious food I’ve eaten, the new experiences and the people I have met along the way.
Thank you for giving me the chance to listen to three artists whose music I so greatly admire.
Thank you for the freelance opportunities that keep coming my way. Thank you for the employment opportunities that are also coming up, and the people who remember me when the need comes up.
Thank you for keeping me healthy. Thank you for keeping my family healthy.
Thank you for the cool wind tonight that will help me sleep better.
Thank you. Thank you. I can’t say it enough.