Music: With a Little Help From My Friends, The Beatles
Once again fall turns and Thanksgiving descends upon us. All everyone thinks about is food. I am writing because I believe, in this day and age, thanksgiving has taken on a ridiculous meaning. Everyone goes home and stuffs their face with food and takes five minutes to be thankful for it. The holiday, in case you’ve forgotten, is called ThanksGIVING not ThanksEATING.
Don’t get me wrong, I am all for turkey and gravy and mashed potatoes and the whole shebang, but Thanksgiving should not be focused on these things. It should be about recognizing just how lucky we are. After all Colorado is the greatest place on earth and we are lucky enough to live here. Nowhere else is the sky as satisfyingly blue with huge white monoliths masquerading as clouds lazily making their way from horizon to horizon. Nowhere else are the people so genuine, so nice, and so beautiful, so full of life. And so, the first thing I suggest we all do Thursday morning is step outside and take a quiet moment, preferably a quiet hour, to enjoy and appreciate the amazing place we are lucky enough to call home.
The second thing we should all do on Thanksgiving is call or sit down with our respective mothers. She is the single most important person in life and we best not take her for granted. Everyone needs to be thankful for and to their mothers because without them none of us would even be here. My own mother in particular deserves gratitude, she taught me everything I needed to know about life, and she teaches me more every day. I always benefit from listening to my mom, and nearly everyone else would too. So go ahead, if you weren’t lucky enough to make it home this holiday to be with her, then pick up the phone and tell your mom just how important she is.
And the third thing we should do this Thanksgiving is be grateful for all the people in our lives. Human interactions and shared experience are what make life a great thing. Think of all the things you love, and now think if you would love them so much without other people. Sure, some activities are more enjoyable in solitude; however most things are better when they are shared. Physical contact with other people releases endorphins within the body. We cannot help it, people simply enjoy being around one another. Beyond that though, the value of life is in personal relationships with other people. Without these relationships life simply is not worth living. From other people we learn and we get help when we need it; they force us to smile. So this Thanksgiving, make sure the people you love, know that you love them.
My friends are some of the most amazing people on the planet and without them I would not last long. Especially the friends I have made since moving to Steamboat. We are all going through one of the scariest and hardest parts of life, but we have the advantage of getting to do it together. Without the support of my friends I would have gone home long ago. But we managed instead to transform Steamboat into our home and each other into our family. And this is why on this day of giving thanks, instead of being thankful for food and shelter and amenities, I am instead focusing my gratitude on the people who make my life grand.
So, thank you Mama, I would be nothing without you.
Thank you Noah, you make me feel like I can fly.
Thank you Alex, and Lacy, and Blake, and Branden. Thank you Conner, and Rob, and Tommy and Tabatha. Thank you Josh and Molly and everyone else from Grand County.
Thank you to all of my amazing friends and family, you guys keep me going even when I don’t think I can.