So this really awesome chick Ashten, (over at Always Ashten) has started Gratitude Friday. There’s no link up, and she I don’t think she’s encouraging others to write their own Gratitude Friday posts. All she wants is for others to share what they are grateful for. I love the idea so freaking much, I decided to make a whole post out of it. (I’m also hoping to follow along every Friday of November with her, but we’ll see how that goes.) Ashten has found that when you keep a little notebook, and write down the things you are grateful for, you tend to be a little happier. Which is true! I’ve read the psychology studies. And of course, November is the month when people stop, take a look around, and are GRATEFUL for what they have. (That, and stuffing our faces full of turkey and pumpkin pie.)
I feel pretty cliché when I say I am grateful for my family. I feel like everyone kind of says that by default.
“What are you grateful for this holiday season?”
“My family! They’re the absolute best!”
I don’t know. It seems a little forced coming from a lot of people. But for me, I truly am grateful for my family. I have a family that others are jealous of and would love to be a part of. I have awesome parents, who have been together for, what feels like forever. They met in high school, never fight about a damn thing, and love each other to the point where it almost disgusts me. Not only do they love each other, but they love my siblings and I even more. They have bailed me out more times than I can count. They were supportive and loving through the years of depression, when none of us knew what was really going on or how to handle it. Not to mention all the trouble I have gotten myself into over the years. They have set back and LOVINGLY let me make my own mistakes, and I am more grateful for that now than I have ever been.
Then there’s my siblings. I am the oldest of four. I have a younger brother, and two younger sisters. We all have awesome, different relationships with each other. As a kid, I don’t really remember us fighting much, like siblings often do. (Maybe my parents can refresh my memory on that one.) And now that we are adults, we have so much fun together! My parents recently took a 10 day vacation to Hawaii, and all four of us decided to drink a lot of alcohol and be loud and probably annoy the parents. My sisters and I took a lot of selfies that night, as well.
Oh, and we do things like Star Wars season – that’s when, in between baseball seasons, we watch all 6 episodes of Star Wars. It usually ends up being just my dad and I, because no one else cares that much. But my brother is around sometimes, too. And YouTube night! One of my favorites. We have a Roku (look it up!) and on there, is a YouTube app. So we created a Hicks Family YouTube account, and about once a month start a new playlist. All of us have access to the account and can add videos to the playlist whenever we want. And then one random night, we all pile into the living room and watch YouTube videos all night. It’s hilariously awesome. How many other families do you know do shit like that!?
My family is the most awesome, fun, supportive group of people I know. I constantly meet people who don’t speak to one of their parents, or really aren’t that close with their siblings, ad in all honesty, it breaks my heart a little. I wish everyone had a family like mine. They rock.