Think about it: I'm thankful that I'm able to be thankful (see what I did there?). In the penultimate "thankful reason" of this month, I'm thankful to be alive and in good health so that I can be here and present and thoughtful about my life. So many things could have happened to me while growing up.
For example, my family and I were on vacation somewhere west of here, Colorado/New Mexico/Arizona or somewhere like that. It was the 1990s and happened to fall during a "honeymoon" kind of period in which my new step-father cared about us and wanted to broaden our horizons through family trips (that all took a nose-dive in later years). We were stopped at a gas station, standing behind our Ford Escort, eating sandwiches or something like that. All of the sudden, a white truck that was parked to the left of us sideways, started to roll towards us. The driver of the truck was inside the gas station, oblivious. I saw it first and screamed. We all ran towards the truck to stop it from hitting us and our car, while my step-father jumped into the truck and stopped it. Had I not noticed the truck was rolling towards us, one of us could have possibly been killed or seriously injured.
It's memories like this that make me forever grateful and thankful that I am here, healthy, and in possession of a sharp mind. I've made it through 27 1/2 years mostly unscathed (no broken bones even, holla!). I'm so glad about life!
I'm here. I'm present. And I'm thankful.