In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I figured I’d write about what I’m thankful for. Maybe not in the traditional sense, like, I am thankful for my beautiful family, yadda yadda. Don’t get me wrong…I am VERY thankful for them and for so many other things that I have. But, I am ironically, also thankful for the thousands of near misses that I DO NOT have in my life. I am thankful that I had the good sense, or the inner guidance, if you want to call it that, to steer me clear of certain paths and individuals. Yes, of course they are learning experiences, but Damn…I’ve had a lot of learning experiences. I’m pretty good now.
That George Michael song, “…turn a different corner and we never would have met…” Oh so true. Of everything. We are faced with choices every single day. One choice to go left instead of right can change the course of your entire day, and your entire life, or if you want to be morbid, that choice can lead to the end of your life. Time is short. It goes by too fast. Things are happening around us at a pace that we cannot control.
Like John Lennon said, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.”
This year and every year as I get older, I realize that I don’t have time in my life for people that do not value me, or my family. I don’t mean this in the figurative sense. I literally mean, If I used to give you 30 minutes of my time daily or weekly, trust me, that 30 minutes is filled with something else. I am spread very thinly. At my age and stage in life, I will only allow meaningful relationships to occupy my precious and limited time. I’m not the type to never give a second chance, but, chances are, if a thread of respect is broken in our friendship, it will never be the same. Some people may find this harsh, I find it realistic. I am careful with my words. “It’s not what you say, its how you say it.” I expect my “friends” to do the same. I am polite toward my friends, even when I am being honest. When I don’t get the same respect, things change. They rrrrrrrreally change. I will never be the same toward you. Ever. I am thankful to all of the people over the years that have shown their true colors before truly destroying me. I am thankful you are no longer in my life. Like I said, I’m pretty good now! Happy Thanksgiving!