Why I Am Grateful
Thanksgiving is here, Christmas is not far behind, and 2018 is coming to a fast close. As we get ready to greet family and friends and celebrate the holidays, I wanted to take a few minutes to wish everyone a very happy holiday season.
As many of you know, the last few months have been incredibly difficult since Erik’s accident. We all miss him more than any words I can express here.
Yet, in spite of the deep loss that I feel, there are many things I have to be grateful for. First and most important is my family and friends. I have an amazing family and truly great friends that came together when I needed them most. Without them, I don’t know how I would get through losing Erik. I know Erik’s death has been hard on all of us, but I truly appreciate the way everyone came together and supported one another and how we continue to do so.
I am grateful for my husband, Rob, who has been my rock and most ardent source of empowerment and strength. He has seen me at my best and my worst, yet continues to love and guide me through good and bad. This is exactly what a relationship should be. I am immensely thankful to have him walk this journey with me.
I am very grateful for my son Christopher. He is so smart and funny. He always makes me laugh. He brings me such joy. I am proud of his accomplishments and look forward to watching him fulfill his goals. His strength through these last few months has been inspiring and it gives me hope as I deal with my own grief.
I am grateful for the time Erik was here with us. I miss him every single moment of every single day, but I think that is because he was such an important part of my life, of all of our lives. He was truly an amazing kid. He made us all laugh with his pranks and smartassery. He made me proud. I know I will not be the same without him but I am eternally grateful for the twenty years he spent with us all.
I am grateful for all of the challenges and struggles that I faced in the past. Each of these obstacles gave me strength and courage to be able to face things head on. I am looking forward to all of the exciting new challenges and project ahead. I told a friend recently, I have a few irons in the fire and I am curious to see how each of these endeavors takes off.
The holidays are going to be different this year. But I do have reasons to celebrate. As many of you would tell me, Erik would not want me to be sad. He would want me to continue to pursue all the goals I have for myself. So I will do my best, as I always try to. The holidays will definitely be different this year, but I am forever grateful to be able to spend them with those that I love.
To all of you, I wish you a very happy holiday season.
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