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Thankful...

This is my second entry this morning, and I've cut these into two because, although there is some connection, I feel that they really required two different entries. Lately, I've been thankful for a lot of things in my life. Firstly, as always, I am so thankful for my family. They have been my number one supporter through everything in my life. There is so much that can be said about them, and lately, I've really been thinking a lot about my brother. We used to fight quite a bit when we were younger, and I don't think that's odd. But sometimes, you really focus a lot on the fights and don't focus on what you did together. Tonight, everything sort of came together and reminded me of what he and I had shared. I've never been one to show emotion. It's been something that's been very hard for me to do. But, I was thinking about all the things that he and I used to do together when we were younger, and I must say that I really enjoyed having him around. I used to tell people that we were never really that close, but in thinking about it tonight, I honestly think that we were quite close. I guess that time and age has a way of uncovering things that you really didn't see before. At least there is some point to this whole getting older thing!

The second thing that I'm really thankful for are my friends. Some of my friends I've had since I can remember. Those are the ones that you've grown up with...the ones that know about nearly every part of who you are...the ones that can tell you that you're being an ass, and you still can't get too upset with (other than the fact you really know they are right). Then there are the friends that I have that I've not known for too long. The ones who are there to share your most recent times with, but still aren't as close as others. Those are the friends that you may not see as often, but when you have an event to go to, or are getting together to do something fun, you give them a call. I have many friends in my life. I'm thankful for that.

Thirdly is Andrew. He has come to mean so much to me in this short time that we've known one another. I have a very good feeling about this, and I really think it's something that will continue for quite some time. He makes me really happy, and he's shown me that it's okeh to open up. I'm still getting used to that, but he's so supportive and he's quite the wonderful person. I don't tell him, in person, that enough. I try to show him, and I know that sometimes it doesn't come out that way, but I'm working on that. I can see a life with him; I don't know where that life will take us, and I don't know the details about it all, but I can see us spending a lot of time together. The first night I met him, I rode the subway train home thinking "he's the one", and I honestly believe that I was right. He stands tall and strong where others have only faltered.

There are many other things that I'm thankful for that pretty much go without saying. My health. I've always had good health, and that's a wonderful thing, and something that so many people overlook far too often. My being made unemployed. I know that isn't quite the most positive thing in the world, but having now been through it, I have realized that life isn't so bad. I shouldn't be afraid to falter a bit myself because should this happen again, it's not the end of the world. Life won't end. I won't fall into a huge pit and die. Life goes on, and it goes on quite well.

Especially when you have so much to be thankful for.

XGJV

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