Obligatory Thanksgiving Post

I’d like to wish all my readers, both US and abroad, a happy Thanksgiving. Whether you live in the US or not, let’s all pause and give thanks for the things that do go right in our lives. I know it’s easy to get caught up in everything that’s wrong with this world (and yes, there is A LOT wrong in this world, and probably more than there is right) but there are small things in life that are very much reason to give thanks.

I give thanks for all my blogging buddies here. I’ve made some truly amazing friends here and I’m thankful for all of you. As an autistic, socially anxious introvert meeting new people is a daunting task. You’ve given me a way to meet and connect with amazing people worldwide, and for that I am deeply grateful.

As I sit here recovering from both a tattoo and piercing session yesterday (yes, I got pierced yesterday too – 2nd hole in the earlobes):

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I am so thankful for Jade, my local tattoo and piercing artist for bring my artistic visions to life, taking them far beyond my anticipation, and executing them with skill and a light hand. I feel deeply grateful to have been such a big part of her journey, starting when she was just spreading her wings as an apprentice all the way to her first convention tattoo, being her “graduation canvas” in the process and now the large rib piece she just completed on me. My life is so much richer since I made my way into the wonderful world of ink; something I swore I’d never do.

I’m grateful for the many wonderful master cigar blenders, brewmasters, winemakers and distillers for the delicious products I enjoy from them and get so much pleasure from. The same is true of all our farmers and food producers who worked so hard to put the food I’ll have on the table at dinner as well as every day. It’s an often thankless job.

I give thanks for those who have sacrificed this holiday to keep us all safe. Our police, firefighters, doctors/medical staff, etc. who are away from their families today. My thoughts and vibes are with them this day.

Above all, I’m thankful for my friends and family. I’ve not always shown that but I am. Times are tough for me lately with my stressful job, but they keep me grounded and focused on what’s important: that I have them around me and that one day my dream will be realized. My current life situation will pass in due time and better times are ahead.

Thank you all; enjoy your meals and the time spent with those that matter most. Happy Thanksgiving.

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