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.

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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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