I keep wanting to write up this grand-slam, homerun intro on being thankful. Have it include jabs at Thanksgiving and mention of my hunger for a Turkey dinner. After hitting delete on my fifth failed zinger I have decided to just get into what I am thankful for and quietly head towards the door. I will say that I love this hop, even if I have never done it before. It is a fantastic notion to sit down weekly and find ten things to be thankful for!
It is so interesting, to me at least, that I only just began this foray into writing. Growing up I always disliked writing! Too many rules! One of my main gripes about the current education system lies in the fact it attempts to take something like writing and make it uniform. Writing is an art form. Writing is self-expression! I am thankful to have found so much enjoyment and passion over these past few months through writing words and giving my emotions a voice.
I have always loved books. At a young age I could turn off reality by diving into a book. There have been a few books that shaped me as a person. The power of an author to mold your mindset is startling and delightful. I find myself coming out of a good book as a changed person. From Perks Of Being a Wallflower to The Shadow of The Wind. I came out of these books different, more thoughtful, a more whole human being. Right now I have the pleasure to be reading Order Of Seven and only four chapters in I can tell this will be a book I come out of changed.
This is almost a mixture of the first two! I have grown quite fond of this platform to have a voice. I have grown even more fond of reading others’ stories and getting to know people through their writing. Before I started a blog I didn’t really read blogs. Man, I was missing out! From writing about my past to getting lost here, blogging is my new favorite past time.
Man, I am going to spend the next three points on each child. If only because I feel bad listing Nachos as a thing I am thankful for! Killian, my little powerhouse! This kid is freakishly strong and talented, he has a bright future in sports! We just spent the past half hour on free throws with the basketball hoop. Each time he got better and became more fluid with his shot. He isn’t even two yet! Yesterday he hip tossed his brother while they wrestled! His brother, who weighs as much as him, flew through the air and Killian barely broke a sweat. The kid is strong and coordinated! As a former athlete (current couch potato) and avid sports fan, I am so thankful to have this love for physicality and sports with him!
My artist! His love for singing and music is awesome! I love rocking out with my little guy! We will dance around the kitchen to the Arctic Monkeys or Taylor Swift, it doesn’t matter. Music is a big deal to me, even if I am not the most musically talented. I do, however, write song lyrics! Not that they are very good, but one day we will share in this enjoyment! He is also a little wild child. Like a mini me! He holds this infinite source of energy I am sure some comic book villain would love to sap for fuel of a destructo-ray gun. Sometimes it is scary how similar we are!
The newest addition has revitalized me as a father. Not to say I was burned out per se, I just missed my kids being so little and adorable. I missed the cuddles and the two naps a day! With Ezra I get to relive those precious moments that cemented my love for being a father. And the best part? It is so completely different and new again! It is like a reboot of the first time around! And it is AWESOME!!! So yes, I am extremely thankful of my little chipmunk cheeked child who has me redoing the new dad phase all over again.
7) Being a Young Father
I get a decent amount of “You’re only 23?!?!” Yes, I am young, aren’t I? I actually enjoy being a young dad. I have a good amount of energy for my kid’s to siphon and I am also up to date on the cool and hip lingo! My kid loves Princess Sophia, that’s his bae! Imagine if i was thirty or forty? I might not be cool enough to say bae! I like being a father, and I work my ass off trying to be good at it. I am thankful for the drive to want to change the world and also chase children in circles.
Okay, I had nachos for lunch and have yet to get over it. They were delicious! Steak and cheese drizzled the top and completely satisfied my grumbling stomach. Mmmmm nachos.
Okay, all that young dad stuff is great, I sometimes need a boost. Working at night and raising three kids under two during the day takes a toll, even on me! Thankfully there are so many different options and ways to ingest caffeine. I can fight the monster of sleep deprivation for days! literally! So, hell yeah! caffeine, the shakes are worth it!
You guys thought I would forget my wife huh? Well, my biggest supporter and mother to my three beautiful boys. She is what I am most thankful for. Through thick and thin, she is always there with words of support and a hot cup of coffee. Seriously, she is the force behind everything I do. Without her I would be incomplete. D’awwwww
Make sure to check out some other AWESOME bloggers who have participated in TTOT! I don’t know how to add a fancy banner or anything ( I will learn by next week and be thankful for it!) but you can find the other thankful people here! A special shout out to Lizzie! This is wonderful and I am happy to be a part of it!
What are you thankful for? Share, I want to hear your voice.