I hope you all had a most wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday! I enjoyed seeing some friends and eating a delicious meal that my buddies brought to me here in the hospital 🙂
I had my second surgery today and I am now recovering from that. Amazingly, I feel pretty good! I’m sure the leg catheters help since they numb my stumpy leg :). I can’t help but think about how grateful I am for life. I am happy to see another day. Things are not always sunshine and rainbows, but having the ability to take another breath and have hope for a better future is amazing.
A few years ago, I wanted to end my life. I had lost every bit of hope and thought that things would never be okay again. I was just plain done. But then, gradually, and through a lot of counseling and care, I began to see the light. My smile returned, my joy was overflowing, and I felt peace.
If this situation had happened a few years ago, I’m not sure I would have made it. I would have been too depressed and hopeless to even want my life. Today, though, I am filled with hope and gratitude for life. It is such a gift to be alive.
I could list a million things that I am thankful for–friends, family, fuzzy socks, cozy blankets, mashed potatoes, doctors, nurses…but when it comes down to it, life is the most sacred blessing. Without life, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy all of those lovely things.
If you’re reading this, it means that your story is not over yet. Life may be rocky, as it tends to be sometimes, but better days are ahead. Don’t give up on yourself. Don’t let go of the gift of life. You matter, you are amazing, and you still have adventures to take and new stories to make.
Counting my blessings helps put things into perspective. I find that by thinking about the happy things in life, the yucky moments don’t seem so bad.
What are you thankful for???