Yesterday was Thanksgiving. I was thinking about the intention behind this particular holiday and how wonderful that intention is. Ideally we are grateful everyday for the things that we have. But I love that there is a holiday in which we take one day out of the year to be mindful of those things that we are grateful for.
I am thankful for many things, but this year I am especially thankful for my husband. He has been my best friend and partner for 20 years. I am so lucky that I get so spend my life with him. He makes me laugh and he is there for me during my darkest hours, without hesitation. He is the most loving, caring person I know.
I have thought about this the past few days:
Before I met him I didn’t think very highly of myself. I had major self esteem issues. I floundered in school because I didn’t think I was very smart. I don’t know why I felt this way about myself but I did. Then I met Raf. He treated me like an intellectual equal. We would have fascinating conversations about interesting topics. After awhile I started to actually believe in myself. I went back to school and did very well especially in science and math (which was a minor miracle). In fact, I did better than “well.” Most of the time I got the best grade in class (messing up the curve and pissing everyone in class off). I was able to go on to, not only get my Bachelor’s degree, but also my Master’s degree. If someone told 18 year old me that I would, someday, have a Master’s degree I would have called them a liar.
He believed in me. And he still does. And for this I am very, very thankful.
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