Have I mentioned yet how busy I’ve been lately? That’s why it’s taken me three days to finally get to my Thanksgiving blog this year. I always look forward to a long weekend so I have some extra time to cross things off the to-do list as well as find time for fun but this weekend was too much of a whirlwind.
Saturday evening my best friend and I headed to Edmonton to see Flogging Molly and Rise Against. This was my 6th time seeing Rise Against but I knew it would be an awesome show because they always put out a solid performance. I was super excited for Flogging Molly though. They’ve been around since the early 90’s, which is why some of you younger folk probably have no idea who they are. I remember them from the days I detested punk rock music. My how times have changed. This seven piece Irish-descendant band hailing from sunny California brought the perfect mix of the punk rock I’ve grown to love and the Irish melodies of my distance heritage. Not to mention it just downright reminded me of my spring trip to Ireland, gosh I love that country!
As I mentioned I’ve seen Rise Against play about six times now. The difference with this show is that it was in a stadium, with like, seats and stuff. I’ve never, ever had a seat for a punk rock show. Weird. As always they provided a solid performance packed with songs of political angst. The kicker was the double header of emotional songs. “Swing Life Away” which reminds me of the good times with people I love, followed by “Hero of War”, another emotional punch. Watch the video if you aren’t familiar with the song:
I couldn’t have asked for a better night of music with a loved one.
Which brings me to Thanksgiving. There is a lot to be thankful for in the world and I could write a book about the many things I have to be thankful for. This year I will choose the three biggest things: My family, my friends and music.
I am very independent person and from the outside some may view me as someone who doesn’t need to rely on anyone. It’s not entirely true, I will always need my family. I moved to a different city away from my parents when I was 17, went to college, found myself a career, live alone, pay my own mortgage and generally do my own thing. But I couldn’t have got to where I am without the love, help and support and near daily phone calls to my parents. They’ve taught me invaluable lessons about everything from relationships, to money, and not to mention my wicked sense of humor that gets me into trouble sometimes. Without them I wouldn’t have been able to have the amazing year I’ve had, going on 4 very unique and amazing vacations, purchasing my condo, continue my education, and still spoil myself and have fun a little on the way. I’m paying homage to the two amazing people that have raised me the past 25 years this coming Sunday. No matter what, they will always be the most important and I am most thankful I have them in my life.
I’m a strong believer in the saying that ‘friends are the family you choose for yourself’. My best friends are my family. I’m so thankful that I have a handful of people that have reached this level in my life. I had a rough childhood, growing up without a constant ‘best friend’ or people I could trust in my life (aside from my family). I was teased and bullied, girlfriends came and went with whatever new guy they were dating. It seemed every year I had a new best friend but never a lifelong best friend. When I went to college my mom told me it would be there that I would make my lifelong friends but even then my college friendship turned sour. It wasn’t until shortly after that when I met my best friend, who after almost 5 years is still my best friend today. We have been through so much together, good times and bad and I know that no matter what, she will never pass judgement, she will always stick up for me and she will be there for me no matter what. People often ask us if we’re sisters and I’ve now given in to saying ‘yes’. She is the closest thing to a sister that I could have and I love her to pieces.
She’s not the only one though. I am lucky that I have a very small number of people under the best friend category now. Again, I could write for days on how much these people mean to me but I’ll save that for another day.
The final thing I’m thankful for is music. It’s been a part of me since I was born and will remain a part of me until I die. Like my family and my best friends, it’s brought happy memories, got me through sad times, I’ve spent far too much money on it and travelled a lot of kilometer’s for it but I wouldn’t take an ounce of it back. Music is what makes me who I am.
What were you thankful for this Thanksgiving?