If you had told me even two years ago that I would be spending Thanksgiving alone, it would have made me sad.
If you had told me that I would be spending Thanksgiving alone and actually enjoy it, I would have laughed at you.
But, this year, I have spent the day alone (if being with three dogs and a cat can be considered alone), and I have realized that it really doesn’t matter.
When I was a kid we spent the day at my Grandma’s. As an adult, I’ve usually received an invite from a friend’s family or had on island get togethers after moving to San Juan Island.
Last year I spent it with Chris on our trip to Canada that didn’t quite work out as planned and we ended up eating tacos for Thanksgiving dinner anchored out at Roche Harbor which was by far the least traditional Thanksgiving I had ever had.
This year, however, I have just gone through the day like any other day… very similar to yesterday and much like tomorrow will be.
And it’s made me wonder why we only have Thanksgiving once a year. If it’s about being thankful, isn’t that something we could put on our calendar more than once a year? If it’s about eating delicious food, I think we should make that a point daily or at the very least weekly (says the girl that doesn’t cook much). And if it’s about formally getting together with those we care about, then why not make that a monthly occurrence?
I will admit that maybe I feel this way because, as I have realized over the last year, I really have created a life for myself that I don’t need a vacation from. I don’t have to look forward to Thanksgiving because that means I finally get to have a long weekend and don’t have to go into a job that I don’t particularly love.
Actually, now that I’m thinking about it, I know that’s why I feel this way.
But shouldn’t we all be working to live that way? To create a way to live each day of the week enjoying how we spend our time and doing the things that we actually want to do?
I think so.
So, Happy Thanksgiving from Decatur Island – here’s to good friends, good food, and living a life that brings you happiness every day of the year!