It's that time of year, gentle readers, when one takes a moment to reflect on all that has come to pass in our life over the past year. As you know, with the recent anniversary of my lay off, your MatchGirl is no different. And, as I am sure many others will do today - on blogs, on television, on Twitter feeds and on Facebook - I want to share with you, my dear ones, the things that I am thankful for. The things that, though I am unemployed and single, make me glad, every day.
I am thankful for my family. It's constantly amazing to me how very supportive my parents are, during this rough time. And, to those of you who will e-mail or comment that you knew they were supporting me and I'm just another Trustafarian - Stop. That is most certainly not the kind of support I mean, because they don't support me financially. I mean that I can call my dad and talk in the middle of the day - and he'll tell me about when I was a kid and he was laid off, and now that he's retired what he does with those long days. And my mom will tell me how much she enjoyed reading my blog and how proud she is off the things I have been doing with my time - in my job hunt, with my networking and with getting more involved in my community here in North Brooklyn. I am thankful that they have never pushed me to do something that wasn't right for me. I am thankful that they have stood 100% behind me - even when the decisions I've made may not be the same that they might have.
I am thankful for my friends - those close to me here in Brooklyn, those I've known forever, and those I've recently met. Being unemployed in New York, anywhere, stinks. Let's just say it. When you have friends you can lean on, though, things don't look so bad. I'm thankful for every drink and dinner and cab ride home. I'm thankful for heart to hearts and sitting saying nothing. I'm thankful for all of the people I can call my friends who enrich my life every single day. They are brilliant and beautiful, witty and kind. I have been long blessed with friends who I can aspire to be like - who inspire me to be my best - and for this, I am beyond thankful.
I am thankful for you, gentle readers. Some of you now fall into the friends category - but I met you through here. To those of you I've not met in real life - who read my blog, fan me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter - I am thankful for your support and your comments and your e-mails. I am thankful to know that I'm not the only one out here going through what I am. And I am thankful that you've found me here so that you know you're not alone, as well.
I'm thankful for all the frogs I've kissed. Boys/men who know who they are. Who may or may not still secretly read this little tome. I'm thankful for you, boys, because, through meeting you and dating you - sharing a cup of coffee, a conversation, a meal, a cocktail, a kiss - I have learned a lot about myself. I've learned that some things I thought were my truths are not and that things I'd never realized could be great. So, guys - the losers, the jerks, the sweet ones who just didn't click - I am thankful for each and every one of you. I'm still single (and unemployed) in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, but I'm figuring it all out. I'm thankful for that.
And I know we're all thankful for that 14 week unemployment extension that Congress just passed!
Have a very happy Thanksgiving, gentle ones. Enjoy your friends and your family. Drink good wine and eat way too much food. Forget about the hardships and the stress of your everyday. Pause, if only for a moment, to be thankful for the little things that make you remember life's not so bad.