Make Every Day Thanksgiving.
28. November 2013
It wasn’t until I was 26 that I really started living life. Sold almost everything I owned, and drove to California.
It has been recently brought to my attention that, from the outside, I’ve got it all together—great job, new car, friends, adventures, and lots of fun. Yes. I do have all of that and more, there’s no denying. However, I am always second guessing myself, trying to prove that all the pieces and decisions of my life are glued together. What holds me together is quiet.
I still take the time to make adventures for myself, alone, to reflect, be quiet, and fully recognize everything that I’ve been given thus far in life and be thankful for it.
The first time I drove solo to Mt. Hood, it’d just started snowing. I was so overcome by the beauty that this world has to offer and how I haven’t done a single thing to deserve any of it; I started to tear up. I pulled my car over and just took a few minutes to take it all in and made it a point to remember how I felt and keep that happiness tucked away for a moment when I may need it down the line.
I never missed a sunset in San Francisco, and I’ve got the photos to prove it. There is no better feeling than to find a place in the dunes or up on the cliffs above the ocean, where there’s no one but yourself, and just be overwhelmed by gratitude. To be in such a place of beauty is almost incomprehensible to me.
If you’ve ever seen me drive, I have my camera sitting on my lap, turned on and focus ready, so I don’t miss a thing.
Since Stephen’s passing, I’ve made it a point to focus on quality over quantity and drink in every possible experience I can. Work hard and you’ll be rewarded. Be thankful and you will be blessed.
Tell people that you love them because now may be your last chance. Treat every moment as if you won’t be here tomorrow and don’t live with regrets.
I’ve gotten into the bad habit since living in Portland, to not leave the office until 7 or 8pm. It’s hard to get excited about watching the sun set when it happens around 4:30, so my attitude has been that of,”screw it.” Yesterday, everyone trickled out of the office around 2 and I made myself leave around 3:30. I just drove. I wanted to find the best spot possible to view Mt. Hood at sunset, parked, and just sat.
Every single day deserves to be Thanksgiving because there is something in every single day to be thankful for.