I can't thank you enough

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!
This year, I am beyond thankful for my body and how it allows me to push it, run it, stretch it, and nurture it.  It is not the body I had three years ago and it won’t be the one I have next year.  It’s an amazing thing.  Today I took it for a run.  Just three little miles – 1.5 with the wind and 1.5 into it.  My body gave a resounding, “YES!” when I asked it to do this.  My body, which rarely gets taken for a run, hung in there when the winds tried to stop us. My body held its own on the hills.  And now, as I sit in front of the fire, my legs tingle with appreciation. “Thank you, let’s do it again soon?” they ask.
Can you tell which
mile was into the wind?

Okay, body.  This year I’ll run you some more. 

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.  


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