So it's that time of year again, fall is coming to an end, the snow is starting to fall on the ground (one of these days...I can feel it), people are starting to host celebrations, especially today (if you're here in the U.S.) since it's Thanksgiving.
Christmas is just around the corner and people are getting ready to begin (or in some cases have finished for a while now) their preparations for it.
Thanksgiving though, is typically a holiday focused on thinking about what you're thankful for, a time for reflection, and for family. However, if you're like me, and work in retail, you don't get the holiday off.
Actually, for me to be really honest, November hasn't been a great month for me. It's been a struggle just about everywhere I turn, whether it be with family, friends, work, myself, life in general...it hasn't been easy.
That doesn't mean though I have nothing to be thankful for. On the contrary, this past month has given me lots to think about and has taught me a lot. So while I could just sit here and complain...I won't.
No, because this month has actually given me a lot to be thankful for.
I'm thankful for the lessons I have learned while dealing with my struggles. I have learned to be an even stronger person, and how important it is to stand your ground and to be yourself. No matter how hard it is, or who doesn't seem to understand, or who doesn't really care. It's important to take care of yourself, and to make yourself happy.
I'm thankful for the opportunities I've been given this month and this past year. Not always easy ones, but they've helped me in one way or another.
I'm thankful for what I have, and what I can share with others. It's not much, but if I can make things a little better for someone else, than it's all worth it.
And most importantly, I'm thankful for the people who are so supportive of me, this past month alone had brought me many people who I never thought would be there for me, and would listen to me. It's given me some new relationships and some new understandings. Those people in my life have made my struggles more bearable, and have given me hope to get through them.
So, while it may not always feel like it right now, I have much to be thankful for, and I'm happy to say that I am. I hope to be able to remain positive and to be able to see the better days ahead.