A friend gave us a challenge: Write about something for which you are thankful that is not your friends, family, significant other, or how good the turkey is. Challenge accepted.
For the past few months I've come to rely on a few things. These things have been there for me without question or reservation and have ensured that I get through each day if not with a smile than a least not with a crippling desire to curl up into a ball and disappear.
Netflix - I'm so thankful you exist. Not only are you a great service that's readily available to people with good download speed, but you have shows that are comfort food to me in dark and sad times. I'm also thankful I can binge watch newer shows and remain at least somewhat caught up with the rest of the world.
CapMetro - Thank you for being reliable, clean, and available in most places I need to go. I've rarely had problems with you. You get me to work and back home again. You have AC when it's hot and a heater when it's cold. My life would be a mess if it wasn't for you so thank you.
The Printed Word - In as much as I love a good TV show or movie or time spent playing games, I know I'll always end my day with a book. Thank you for being there to distract me, teach me, entertain me, and keep me company. Thank you for firing my synapses in a way no other media can. I consider myself very lucky to have read as much in this life as I have and am anxiously anticipating all the reading left to do.
Karaoke - To all the KJs out there, bless you. How else can aspiration-less musical theater majors get their fix? I will blow out my vocal chords singing in the car and I'm thankful to you for giving me an audience in front of which I can embarrass myself.
Reddit - Thank you for being an outlet for me for the past few months. I caught a lot of negativity for my specific situation, but through you I was able to offer advice to others and in doing so found the strength and course of action I needed to help myself as well. You're a fickle beast of a community but I'm glad I was able to find a new way to vent and be sad or depressed without worrying about who was seeing it.
The gym at my office - Thank you for having a stationary bike and a shower. I've lost weight this year and I feel better about myself all without having to pay an expensive monthly contract.
Now, I reserve the right to say a little about my friends and family. There are those of you who were incredibly kind to me this year. There are those that defended me, propped me up, bought me drinks and food, kept me entertained, and generally were just there when needed. Of all the years I've celebrated Thanksgiving, this is the one in which I'm most thankful for all of you. In fact, I just can't thank you enough. I'd name you individually but I don't want people to feel left out if I forget someone. Let's just leave it at, "You know who you are." You know what you've done and how much you mean to me. If you don't, I'll work harder telling you.
I'm also grateful for all the new friends I've made this year. I'm really looking forward to having fun with you and being in your support group if the need arises.
Thank you all, and happy Thanksgiving.