I wish I could start this with some Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey…but I looked up his Thanksgiving advice and it was just not that funny. So I will save you the poor humor, but if interested you can see the clip here.
Boy oh boy it seems like a lot has changed since last year’s Grateful post. On that post I give some advice on how to be grateful, so go check it out if interested.
As for this year, I just want to say that I am truly grateful.
It has been a crazy 6 weeks and a year ago I would not have imagined by new home with all my belongings would be burned to the ground. That I would be soon moving to my fourth home/apartment in the 1.5 years I moved to Santa Rosa. That the future remains uncertain.
But all of that is okay. At the end of the day I have an amazing family and that is the first thing I am grateful for…
Family and Community
My family and the community I have developed over the years that I consider family. This is what humanity is about. We are social creatures (even the introverts) and finding a group to relate to, bond with, and lean on is so important.
The fires have shown us who we can lean on. Which people provide support without a seconds thought. The outpouring was incredible and we are so fortunate to have our family, close community, and larger community (including the on-line personal finance community) supporting us. So thank you!
While I often talk about retirement and crunch the numbers (I love number crunching), I am truly grateful for my profession as a physician. I go to work everyday knowing I will help someone, even if it is just alleviating some anxiety.
Post-fire though I am even more grateful for having a steady job. A job that provides for my family and allows me to not worry about the financial ramifications of a home lost. We are secure financially because of my profession and these days it is a nice distraction from all the other chaos.
Dads Dollars Debts
Oh yes, this website. It is a bit of work, but worth every bit of it. It forces me to write, connects me with other motivated and interesting people, has been slightly profitable, and hopefully gets someone to rethink their way of life.
What will year 2 bring? Who knows, but that is the beauty of life. Unpredictability and adventure.
I am young and still healthy, but I notice more aches and pains. Part of this is that my stretching and exercise regiment have fallen apart over the last year. I am going to get back on the wagon though and by next year, hopefully will be as strong as I was at 35!
Finally, my life
Oh and that I am alive. Definitely grateful for that. It was not and never is guaranteed but I love this life and am grateful to be living it.
There you go. Short and sweet. What are you grateful for this year?