Being thankful is not always easy — even on Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. Any day that involves lots of food and football is okay in my book. (Although, the more you learn about the Thanksgiving story, what we actually did to the Indians was pretty damn awful.)

History notwithstanding, it’s nice to have a day that celebrates being thankful. But just because it’s nice, that doesn’t mean it’s easy — especially for many people like myself, who manage mental illness. Sometimes, we have to force ourselves to be thankful, and it’s not just because someone is BOUND to say something stupid or insensitive to us at the dinner table. For us, the “good” neurons just don’t fire up as quickly as they do for others. Thus, being grateful often takes a lot of work.

Of course, it’s worth the effort. And right here, I’m making the effort myself. This Thanksgiving, here are 5 things I’m grateful for.

My family and friends — especially those who take me as I am, and not necessarily who they want me to be.

My doctors — I actually like them, even the one or two who are tough on me. They tell me what I need to hear, even if I don’t want to hear it.

This blog — almost more than anything, my decision to start this blog has helped me come to terms with my depression and anxiety. I hope it helps you, too.

Books — I’m a writer. How could I not be thankful for my books? I’ve read some great ones this year, including Michael Chabon’s “Telegraph Avenue” and Rachel Kushner’s “The Flamethrowers.”

ALL of Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes are FINALLY out — Dylan + The Band = pure bliss.

I’m sure I could think of others, but I’m also thankful for the general knowledge that blog posts really shouldn’t be too long.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Let me know. And Happy Turkey Day!

 

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