Giving Thanks For Being Alive

I’m not a huge fan of holidays, mainly for selfish reasons, but they’re my reasons and that’s what counts. I spend many holidays alone, locked in a room, writing or listening to music, and I’m perfectly happy that way. I don’t need specific days to feel happy, thankful, etc. Every day you wake up should be reason enough.

With that said, here’s what I’m thankful for…not only today, but every day:

I’m thankful I had 14 years with my father (1947-1994)…not angry that I didn’t have the last 22.

I’m thankful I had 33 years with my mother (1951-2013)…not angry that I lost the coolest person alive.

I’m thankful I had a long and happy friendship with my partner in crime, Nick Smith (1978-2016)…not angry about all of those late-night poker games that kept me from going to work.

I’m thankful for everyone in my family for making my childhood memorable: Uncle Sonny (1944-2013), Pop Motz (1907-1994), Nana Motz (1913-2014), Pop Ellis (1924-2012), Nana Ellis (1926-2013), stepfather Randy (1954-2014).

I’m thankful that my muse isn’t quite the alcoholic I am…and has kicked me in the ass enough times to actually publish a novel…which has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember.

I’m thankful that I had such an excellent time playing in rock bands for 20 years with some of the coolest people alive! From December Falling, to Millennium, to Equinox, Holly@Last, Guilty By Choice…some of the best times of my life were up on stage!

I’m thankful I’m still alive, which is probably a miracle in and of itself.

I’m happy for my close circle of friends, a small circle, but a quality one. My best friend Joe and I have weathered some serious shit over the last 25+ years…and I can still drink him under the table 😉

I can go on and on and on…but really, what’s the point? This was my moment of reflection…it’s good to remember where you came from and where you’re going.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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