Thanksgiving is my favorite

27 Nov

I had a really special Thanksgiving this year, and it’s because I was able to spend it with friends.  Of course, being with family is special too, but there is something really beautiful about a group of people creating their own community, even if it’s just for one night.

I came to San Francisco to make my own life.  I wanted to see what I could create on my own, outside of my comfort zone, and in a space I wasn’t born into.  I thought it was so brave of me to do this on my own, but a lot of my friends here took a bigger leap than me and moved countries, though at first SF did feel very foreign.

The first two years here were challenging.  Everything I built: career, home, job, friends, eventually fell apart.  I almost moved back to Chicago a few times, but I am stubborn, and I wanted to prove to myself that I could create my own happiness, so I just kept rebuilding.

This Thanksgiving I looked at all of the assorted people around the table, and I felt so grateful because I had achieved the goal of building a life that’s entirely my own; one that’s full of kind and interesting people.

And I saw this shared community and experience, everyone at that table had taken a leap, so we sat together and shared our stories and tasted each other’s food, and each seat at that table was our own.


One Response to “Thanksgiving is my favorite”

  1. barbara November 27, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    i guess i am the only one who does not like this blog !!! ha ha…. still love you too much

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