This week is Thanksgiving in the States, and I know that some people have been posting every day the things that they are grateful for that day. Well, I’m just gonna throw out a few things that I am thankful for here if you don’t mind. Before we proceed much farther though, I must inform you that this will not be a touchy-feely type “I’m Thankful” post. You see, sometimes we have to be thankful for negatives in order to make all the positives be that much better. Don’t worry, I promise it won’t be a “poor, pitiful me” type post either. That’s just not how a roll. Here we go:
1. I’m thankful for those who think that they look like a bad ass by attacking my integrity. There, I said it. I have written before about how I am thankful for douchebags, but what I encountered last night takes the cake. I will not bore you with the assholey details other than to say that I will not allow myself, or my friends to be bullied by a person who is apparently so insecure about themselves that they have to attempt to bring others down in an effort to elevate their own self esteem. This person is just not worthy of any more of my words, but I do want to take a moment to actually say thank you to this jackbag. Thank you for reminding me that there comes a time in your life when the high road is the only option. For reminding me that I am strong, that honesty always is always the best policy, and that twisted words and and false accusations are just a sad attempt to force one to doubt themselves. I have always been confident in myself and what I stand for, but this just reinforced the fact that I am a strong, smart, honest person and that no one, not even the assbags of the interwebs can take that away from me. So for that, I am thankful.
2. I’m thankful for my circle of friends. I received so much support from so many of my amazing friends last night and there are not enough words to express my gratitude to them for their words of encouragement. You see, this friendship stuff is more than a post on some one’s Facebook wall asking for a share, or sticking your nose so far up some one’s ass in the hopes that they will notice you, that you can see out of their eyes. This is friendship in it’s purest form, the “I got your back” kind of friendship. No words are necessary from any of them, but just knowing that you have an extremely large group of people standing behind you, supporting you, is one of the best feelings in the world. It feels kind of like being a Jet from West Side Story, but with less snapping. There is still singing and dancing, but not so much the snapping. I am ever so thankful for this pure friendship from so many.
3. I’m thankful for a K-State loss. Oh boy that was hard to type. While the loss that my Wildcats suffered this weekend was horribly heartbreaking, it provided one of those teachable moments that every parent hopes for. You see, The Boy was in tears and immediately started pointing fingers to parts of the team. It was at that exact moment that I had to talk to him about the importance of “team” and that it isn’t one person or one group of people that are responsible for a loss. When a team takes the field, they are just that, a team. An entire group of kids/women/men whatever the case may be, that have come together to perform a task. If one person is having a bad day, it is up to the rest of the team to encourage and help and if necessary pick up the slack. This also gave us the opportunity to remind our kids that it is OK to lose. While you may feel as if your heart was broken because your love for your team is so strong, at some point defeat is inevitable. It may not be this year, or next year, but everyone loses something at some point in their life and that is OK. It doesn’t change how we feel about them or how much we support them. So in that way, I am thankful for a loss. No matter how painfully heartbreaking it was.
Today, think about what you are thankful for. When I ask you to do that, I don’t mean the obvious. We are all thankful for our families, for the food on our plates, for the roof over our heads. Dig down deep and find the good in the bad. We all could use more positives in our lives so at the risk of sounding completely ridiculous, let’s turn that frown upside down and all just smile for a while. Sorry, couldn’t resist. It always makes my kids laugh, thought I’d try it on you as well!