When I was younger, it was natural for me to be thankful. I was filled with a sense of curiosity and wonder about almost everything I encountered. I smiled a lot, and would often break into song and dance out of sheer joy. I was happy to be alive, and I was happy to be me. When I am down, I like to remember how I felt before my moods started to betray me.
I have enjoyed most of my Thanksgivings, but a few have been overshadowed by depression. On those years, it was difficult to take part in what was expected to be a festive occasion, and not be able to share in the Thanksgiving spirit. If I am depressed during the holidays, I just try to go through the motions as quietly as possible. I have never figured out what else to do.
This year I am grateful to be in good spirits thanks to medication and therapy, a healthy lifestyle, and a good dose of luck, I'm sure. Whatever the reasons, I'm feeling blessed and looking forward to spending time enjoying Thanksgiving with my family. The older I get, the more I appreciate my loved ones. I am fascinated by how our relationships have evolved over time. I can't believe that I am only halfway through my life. I have struggled a great deal at times, but I have learned so much, and I appreciate life more with each passing year. Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!