It's been a really strange few weeks. I'm at that point where worry about my impending unemployment has me stressed and paralyzed with fear, and I've been kind of cranky and surly and liable to either want to bite peoples' heads off or curl into a ball and cry (hooray, real life!). But last Sunday, someone I used to work with at Miami passed away. We didn't know each other very well, but... jeez, he was 20. And on Monday, I got word that a coworker's wife was suddenly in critical condition in the hospital.
Talk about getting some perspective, huh?
I originally wasn't going to write a thankfulness post because I figured it'd just blend in with the millions of others out there in blogland. But in light of Siah's death (and the fact that I hate Black Friday), I decided to take some time and appreciate a few things I'm thankful for. Because there's nothing like a reminder of the brevity of life to make you appreciate yours all the more, even after the day you're "supposed to" be thankful.
I'm thankful to have a job I'm going to absolutely hate to leave.
I'm thankful for the people I've met this year, and the friends that never fail to put a smile on my face.
I'm thankful for being a Cane.
I'm thankful for the amazing experiences I've had.
I'm thankful that that my favorite holiday lived up to all expectations. Being home is a wonderful thing.
And if you're reading this, I'm thankful for you, too. :)
So if you're upset about how your Black Friday shopping went (or even if you're not), take a minute to think about a vibrant, athletic kid whose life was cut short and suddenly none of your problems seem all that serious. Life is pretty good.
Happy (semi-belated) Thanksgivukkah!