30 Things I'm Thankful For

What follows is my take on a list that my friend Karen put together on her own blog.

I have a lot to be thankful for this year, so why not list them too, right?

  1. I’m thankful that I go to bed every night only to wake up the next morning.
  2. I’m thankful to have a roof over my head that, thanks to my uncle’s living trust, will someday be mine.
  3. Speaking of my uncle, I’m thankful to be as close as we are, despite the fact he drives me crazy in more ways than one.
  4. I’m thankful for my family, however small and limited in what actual DNA we share.
  5. I’m thankful for my friends, near and far.
  6. I’m thankful for the aforementioned Karen, whom I’ve never met in person, but who has always supported me through email and the wonder of social media. (Seriously, we’re connected all over the Internet!)
  7. I’m thankful for my two nieces, and the niece (or nephew) to be.
  8. I’m thankful for public transit, and the Clipper Card.
  9. I’m thankful for all the family and friends who insist on giving me rides to places.
  10. I’m thankful for all the people who don’t give me shit and/or weird looks over my speech impediment. I didn’t choose to be a stutterer.
  11. I’m thankful for my iPhone. My life in my pocket.
  12. I’m thankful to live in the Bay Area, what with its culture and sports and leftist political ideologies and good weather.
  13. I’m thankful for Markdown. Without it, writing would be less fun.
  14. I’m thankful for Marco and Glenn for giving me a shot in The Magazine. Without that opportunity, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
  15. Strangely enough, I’m thankful for my disabilities. They do suck, but I realize that I wouldn’t be the person I am today without their context.
  16. I’m thankful to be fluent in American Sign Language, even though I don’t use my skill nearly as often these days.
  17. I’m thankful for my career with Fremont Unified. It was 11 years well spent, and I learned a helluva lot.
  18. I’m thankful for all my former co-workers with the school district. I miss all of them every day.
  19. I’m thankful for Facebook, for being able to keep in touch with said FUSD co-worker friends.
  20. I’m thankful for all the new friends and connections I’ve made on this new journey as a freelance writer.
  21. I’m thankful for being smart enough so as to unlock my Twitter account earlier this year, which opened the doors to said friends and connections.
  22. I’m thankful for this site, even if RSS subscriber numbers are small, traffic is light, and no one sends me any site-related email.
  23. I’m thankful for my wriitng talent, which allows me to do what I do well.
  24. I’m thankful for all the experiences I’ve had, good and bad, related to accessibility and special needs. It helps in my line of work.
  25. I’m thankful for my Early Childhood Studies professors at my local community college. They taught me a lot about young children, and I promise one day (hopefully soon) I’ll finally finish my AA.
  26. I’m thankful for music.
  27. I’m thankful for my podcast. We’re off to a great start!
  28. I’m thankful for Tweetbot and Day One.
  29. I’m thankful for having the ability to persevere and stay strong through so much adversity. There were times I didn’t think I’d make it.
  30. I’m thankful for you, my readers.

While this Thanksgiving will no doubt be rougher than last year, making out this list is a nice reminder that, again, I have much to be thankful for. This fact isn’t one that’s lost on me.

Happy Thanksgiving to All!