Like most people today, I’m a touch reflective – thinking about the path of my life and how I arrived here. Like some people, I am continually amazed that this here is where I am: I’m alive, healthy, loved, employed, and ambitious. Above all, I am thankful. I have two stories I want to tell you, but today it seems appropriate to share with you they how, what, and why of my thankfulness.
Above all, I am thankful for my family and friends that are my family. My framily. I am loved, housed, fed, and entertained beyond measure. My dogs are the loves of my life. I am thankful that they’re mostly healthy, loved, housed, and provide us with much entertainment.
Jake Ryan has a rough year.
But I'm so thankful for him!
I am thankful for the music that plays as I run. If you haven’t treated yourself to the sounds of “Rise Up” by Andra Day, you should do yourself a favor and give it a listen. If you’re a Serena Williams fan, you need to watch this. I am thankful for the rise and I’m thankful that I’ll do it again and again. In spite of the ache. This is my favorite song to run to. If I’m alone – on a trail – and this song comes on, I sing and cry and belt out the lyrics. I am a bumbling fool for this song. For that I am thankful – that I have so much love, passion and emotion to feel so deeply and freely.
|The view in Camas.|
Life, I can’t thank you enough. I can’t thank you for putting me in this exact place at this exact time with these exact people and dogs. I thank you for the legs that take a beating and the music that keeps me going. Thank you for all that you’ve done for me, I promise to use the rest of the time we have together being as thankful as possible.