This time in November is different for a lot of people depending on traditions, backgrounds, beliefs, and geography. Maybe though today we can all share in the one thing that I personally believe the time really was originally intended to focus on, taking one day to forget about all the things we don't have, and embrace all the wonderful gifts we have been given.
Over the last 15 years I have been blessed with the opportunity to share my life with some of the most amazing people I have ever known. People from all over the world that I would never have had the opportunity to meet had it not been for our community. Each day I get to look forward to being with individuals that care about one another, support each other, and remind me, in a world that at times seems filled to the brim with selfish, callous, hurtful souls, there are still so many bright lights out there worth fighting for.
We should always try each day to let those important to us know how much they mean and not leave it to just one day. But maybe today we all will put a little extra effort in and look very closely at those that have warmed our hearts and changed our lives for the better. Today I am reminded of the gift that is in all of you and words cannot express enough how much my life would have been lessened in your absence. Thank you for all the laughs, for all the memories, good and bad. You all have done so much to make me who I am over the years. We are a global world now and anyone that tells me that family can only extend to biology has never had the honor of knowing people like you.