To everyone in the US, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you had a lovely day and were able to spend it with family and/or loved ones. So what are you thankful for?
Well, I talked about the people in my life last year, so let me just go with some different things. I'm still very thankful for my wife and others, but let's try to focus on other things for variety. For one, I'm very thankful for the opportunities that have landed in my life. I have a book and a few short stories done. I have my work going in front of agents. Even if they don't pick me, I'm thankful for the opportunity. Matias from a few years ago never thought I'd actually make it this far.
Writing the novel isn't the only opportunity in my life. I'm grateful for the opportunity to use my writing in a public manor by writing for DLH.net and GeekNifty. I get to play video games all day and call that productive. I even got to review a AAA title most recently, something I'm absolutely thrilled about. And, of course, I get to keep the games. I've played so much this year and spent so little, it's insane. I'm very grateful for this chance.
I have a great gig going at my local university. I'm able to train new journalists, help them learn how to film, edit, and tell stories. They have been insanely kind to me and actively seek my help and advice. I'm grateful for the opportunity to teach, to help them grow their skills, and to get closer to their dreams.
I'm so proud of the guys I'm training for my pro wrestling group. I haven't been able to provide a lot of things for them, but they've soaked up the knowledge I've given them and shined in ways I didn't think they could. They've grown into amazing athletes and I can't wait to see what they can do in a real ring.
And I know I said I wouldn't mention stuff like my wife, but... she's awesome. She's supported me through all this crazy novel stuff. She's gotten on me when I tried to take on more work days, insisting that I focus on the novel. She's stuck with me through crazy ideas, traveling to places she didn't exactly love, and she's still beside me for the crazy adventure we have in front of us.
If I mention everything I'm thankful for, we'll be here all day, but just know that there's so much more. So many people to thank. So many opportunities to be grateful for. I hope wherever you are in your life, you have people and opportunities to be thankful for, too.
Oh! And if you're not in the US, happy Thursday!
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