This past month has been focused on thanks. Every day as I wrote on here and thought about what I was thankful for, made me realize that I’m simply thankful for my life. I have been blessed so tremendously with family and friends who love me, and support me. I have been blessed with salvation and all that entails. I am so thankful for the fact that I wake up and get to live life and I get to do so with people who care about me. I am thankful for the fact that there are so many things I have to be thankful for. From family and friends, to music and movies, I have more to be thankful for than I could even possibly list in 28 days. I just know that this life I lead is a blessing far greater than I could ever ask for. I am glad that God has blessed me with all I have been blessed with, and that he has given me opportunities I couldn’t have dreamed of and that he has blessed me with all he has blessed me with. In the past 28 days I have learned that being thankful doesn’t mean you have to be thankful for a certain situation, but rather finding something to be thankful for in every situation. For the past 28 days I have found that I always have something to be thankful for, whether it’s super deep and sentimental or silly. Being thankful in every situation is what I’ve learned is key to being thankful, because lets be honest, some times it’s hard to be thankful for a situation, and some times it’s difficult to be thankful in certain seasons, but being thankful in a situation or a season teaches and shows us how much we truly have to be thankful for.
I am home for Thanksgiving!! I love being home. I come home more often than I did last year, and I am so glad for it!! I love coming home because I get to eat real food and I get to actually sleep!! I like being home because it reminds me of good times and joy, especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas. I come home and I spend time with my family, and I think about how much home has changed over time. I’m 21 years old and I miss home every once in a while, but then I realize that home truly is where the heart is. I’ve made a home for myself in Tucson, but home is always going to be with my family. I hope when I have a family that my kids cherish times with their family as I do mine. I hope I can raise my kids to appreciate the people around them and the home they make for themselves. I am also thankful that my parents house will always feel like home. I am thankful that my family and my friends will always feel like home. I am so blessed by the people in my life who make home feel like home. The people and the memories that make a house a home.
Again, short and simple, I’m thankful for musicals and crisp nights. I have listened to a number of musicals in the past two days and I have loved every single second of it! I could listen to musicals for so long it’s actually kind of scary how many times I have listened to certain Broadway recordings, and how many I have listened to. I just love the fact that someone was so inspired by a story, a movie, or life that they just wrote a whole book of music! It’s great! I also just love a nice crisp night when I can sleep with my window cracked open and snuggle under my sheets for a comfy nights sleep.
Today, short and sweet, I am thankful for friends who will entertain me in my love for all things unusual. Tonight I watched the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who for the third time, but this time in theaters, with a few great friends. I am glad to have all the friends I have, but I am especially glad I have friends who just let me love the things I love, because I love a lot of things. I am thankful that I have friends who will just let me enjoy the things I enjoy without making me feel like a total weirdo, because honestly, all of my friends are a bit weird. I am truly blessed by the friends who will take pictures of me with the TARDIS, and who will let me listen to musicals all day long.
So for seven years, during middle and high school, I was in band, and although I was getting tired of it my senior year I look back and remember how much I actually loved it!! I loved the friends I made and the lessons I learned, but I appreciate most the way I learned to be passionate about things in life. Band was when I first became passionate about something in life, which is music. Now I’m not a super fantastic musician by any means, but in band I learned how to be passionate about things in life. I was passionate about band. All of my friends were in band. My whole social life revolved around band. I was pretty much consumed by it, for lack of a better word, but band gave me a love for music I don’t think I would have if it weren’t for it. I love music so much!! I can sit in a room of complete silence and be fine, but I enjoy having music to listen to. I enjoy having music to listen to when I’m walking on campus, because the music I listen to, in that moment, is the soundtrack of my life. Which is really what I think when I choose music to listen to while on campus, which I realize is such a nerdy and strange thing to do, but I do! I think if it weren’t for band I wouldn’t have the love for music that I have. I grew up listening to a lot of different types of music, but I didn’t really appreciate the raw form of music and I didn’t really grow up with an appreciation of music in a genuine form. In band I definitely grew to love musicals and acoustics of any song! In band I just learned how to be passionate about things because I learned how to be passionate about music. As I grow up I realize how extremely nerdy I am, and that it’s okay. I love musicals and Broadway so much I just looked up Broadway touring shows, and Broadway shows I could watch. I am almost tempted to ask my for a plane ticket to New York to see Les Mis on Broadway next year when it goes back to Broadway, or for tickets to see Once in Tempe, or Jersey Boys in Tucson. From band I learned how to be passionate about the books I read, and the movies/television I watch. I learned to appreciate raw forms of certain things in life; the simple things. I have grown such a love and appreciation for the things in my life I wouldn’t let myself be passionate about, or was embarrassed to be passionate about, because really if you like, or love something, why should other people be allowed to change your mind!! They shouldn’t! Some people love books more than movies, or movies more than books. Others love texting more than phone calls. Others love board games more than video games. Others like the word nerd, while others still find themselves a bit too cool for the word, but really being a nerd just means you love and are passionate about the things you like. Honestly, I’m just full on nerd!! I love the things I love, and yeah there was a time when I would let people dictate what I wasn’t allowed to like and not like, but I’ve grown to learn that not everybody is going to love band, or the movies I like. People aren’t always going to enjoy the music I listen to, but you know what, I’m fine with that. I am a nerd about a lot of things in my life and I am perfectly fine with that. I rather enjoy it actually!! I am thankful for band. Even though it had its not so great times, I learned a lot of things about myself, and accepted a lot of quirks about myself because of band. Honestly, if I did high school all over again for some strange reason, I would do band again and just fall in love all over again with the things in life I love.
I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!! Christmas is my favourite holiday and I start listening to Christmas music after Halloween, far before it is socially acceptable to start listening to it! I just love Christmas so much!! I love everything about Christmas!! I love the people, the food the weather, the everything!!
My roommate and I were actually talking about Christmas, and I think the reason I love Christmas so much is because it’s the one holiday where it is guaranteed I will be surrounded by my family!! Thanksgiving is always a wonderful family time, but there’s something different about Christmas where family comes out of the woodwork! I am never not with family during the Christmas season, and it always seems to grow. My family doesn’t have any crazy traditions or anything we do that is super spectacular, but just being with my family means so much to me!! Christmas also means Christmas parties, Christmas music, Christmas movies, Christmas candies, and tacky sweaters!! I just think Christmas is the best season around, and I cannot wait for Christmas this time around!!
So today I am thankful for Christmas music and all the joy and swell memories it brings with it!!
Tonight I am baking and watching Les Mis. Now something else to know about me is I am a huge nerd!! When I love something I geek out over it, and Les Mis is one of the things I am super nerdy over. Les Mis is my favourite musical, or at the top of my list of favourite musicals. I just so enjoy the story and the characters. I also so badly want to go and watch it in the West end! t’s kind of a dream of mne, well going to England altogether is a dream of mine, but to watch Les Mis would be the icing on the cake!! Anyhow, it is also raining!!! As I have said many times before, I LOVE THE RAIN!!! Especially since it meant I could wear my warmer jacket, scarf and boots. So today is just a day of favourites. As much as I love rain, I have talked so much about rain on my blog, so I’ll just geek out over Les Mis. I think the reason I enjoy Les Mis so much is because it’s a story about redemption. Yeah the premise of the story is revolution, but it’s the backdrop of an even greater story of Jean Valjean trying to redeem himself. When he was in prison he was stripped of his name and his dignity, then when he gets out he is followed around by Javert who is constantly reminding him that he messed up once. Javert isn’t going to let him live down the fact that he is human and he made a mistake at one point in his life. My Pastor once used the redemptive story of Les Mis in a sermon, which made me appreciate the redemptive qualities of the story so much more! The story of Valjean is the prime example that people are always going to remind us of the person we were before we matured. They are going to remind us of the mistakes we made and all the dumb things we did, but what’s important in the whole situation is how we think of ourselves. The past isn’t important, but rather our here and now. I also enjoy the revolution, because even though they failed in the end, the students still fought!! They fought for what they believed in! They stood firm! They died for a cause!! They were passionate about their cause and they didn’t let people stand in the way of their fight! They didn’t let people burn out their flame! I think too often we let other people burn out our flame. I know I’ve done that at times, and it stinks because it’s like we give people permission to stomp all over our passions. We give them permission to step all over the things that bring out our inner nerd, which is so unfair!! But in Les Mis they didn’t let people burn out their fire! When they were left fighting alone, they still fought. Marius, who comes from a rich family, still fought alongside people who didn’t know he came from an affluent family. He fought alongside commoners because he was passionate about the revolution!! I think there are two things, as of now, we can take away from Les Mis. The first is to not letting people remind us of who we were, but focus on the person we are and the person we are working to become, and the second is to not give people the opportunity to burn out our passions!
I am thankful today for stories like Les Mis, because even though they are sad, they have so many great stories to tell! Also I am thankful for the fact that it’s raining as I am writing this because it just makes writing this so much greater!!