Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. And not because I was born on Thanksgiving, believe me I've had a lifetime of "Man, you must have been one BIG turkey" jokes! But because it really is one of the few holidays that isn't over-commercialized and we celebrate what was actually intended...gratitude. So this week, in addition to counting down the days til I get my birthday present (a new camera!!!), I'm also counting down some of the things I am grateful for (BESIDES my new camera).
I love change. Sometimes not necessarily the actual "change" itself (it CAN be downright depressing)...but definitely the process of change. Like, the change of seasons. My family will be the first to tell you that I can't STAND winter. The cold, the cold, the cold...did I mention the cold?!?!? And the dark, the dark, the dark...yes I DID mention the dark! But as much as I envy my friends who live in warm weather and sunlight while I'm putting on an extra layer of long-underwear and turning on my lights at 4 p.m....it truly is a momentary feeling. Quite honestly, I think I love and appreciate the spring and fall so much because I have lived thru the frigid winter and the sweltering summer. And as much as I envy my Floridian friends while I'm shovelling snow, I feel badly they do not get to breathe in the beauty of a gorgeous fall day... I just keep repeating that mantra with each shovel of that wet slop I'm heaving. I've never been able to grasp the concept of how something can be truly appreciated if it is considered "normal". I need the valleys to savor the peaks. I need the change. I need a reason to change out my wardrobe every few months! I get bored!
One of my favorite quotes is "Nothing will change, if you change nothing". I don't even know WHERE I heard that. Might have been a Snapple cap OR fortune cookie. But I am grateful for change. It takes a life operating at a steady beat...and gives it some rhythm. Ch-ch-ch-changes...