I have enjoyed reading the daily posts of gratitude posted by many of my Facebook friends. Each day I would read them and silently agree and share their thankfulness for family, friends and even the weather!
I never jumped on the bandwagon, but not because I am not thankful. I just have a hard time committing to sequels or anything requiring regularly scheduled updates – you are reading my blog so you know this first hand! Sitting in my hotel room at the end of three months of travel I started feeling the pressure of not having updated my blog in quite some. As I was reminiscing about all the adventures in search of something blog-worthy, I couldn’t help but think how grateful I am that I had this opportunity.
So in that spirit, and to make me feel better about having neglected my blog, here is my list of gratitude:
- I am forever thankful that I have the love and support of my family. Not all of them were happy about my decision to hit the road, but only one of them actually told me so. Grandma is in her 90’s, so she’s entitled to be opinionated! Some of the others merely smiled and nodded, a few were enthusiastically curious about my travel plans, and some may not yet have realized that I’m even gone.
- I am thankful for the limitless generosity of my friends both old and new. Over half of my three months has been spent on the couch or spare bed of a friend. I tried in earnest to leave each place better than I found it and I am certain that I left each place more enriched than when I arrived. Heck, I even eat Brussels sprouts now!
- I am thankful that I had cell phone service when he called and that I survived kiddo’s first away-from-home medical emergency and that the broken hand wasn’t as bad as first thought.
- I am thankful that my zoom-zoom waited until I was 15 minutes from a friend’s house after 1800 miles of driving to quit on me!
- I am thankful for the Sierra Club, the National Park Service and a host of other organizations and groups that make it their purpose in life to preserve the awesome and beautiful landscapes that I experienced during my travels.
- I am thankful for the passionate volunteers and donors that keep those organizations afloat!
- I am thankful for the tenacity, determination, and independence that I come by quite honestly given the lineage of women in my family that have never quit, never taken “no” for an answer, and never backed down from a challenge.
There is so much more I can list, but you, gentle reader, should be grateful that the “ideal” blog post is fewer than 500 words in length!
Happy Thanksgiving and Safe Travels!