I hope all of my readers in the United States are enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday. I am one of those people who really does like to write down what it is that I’m grateful for. Not all days are created equally, so I refer back to memories that ground me in my own gratitude. This is a self-indulgent post, but this is the forum I will be using to share what I’ve been thankful for this year.
- I am thankful for this blog, its readers, and its many guests.
This was a project I’d wanted to do for a year prior to starting it. I wanted to connect my students and their families to resources and a support system. I wanted to reach beyond the tiny corner of my speech room. An thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way, I’ve done that. To every guest, thank you for being so generous with your time and knowledge. You have inspired myself and my students beyond measure.
- I am thankful for my students.
No one will teach me more than my kids. They keep me on my toes, thinking fast, with a heart wide open. They push me to to give when I think I’ve given everything. They remind me that breaks are okay and to be silly is more important than to be serious. I know they won’t believe I learn more from them them than they learn from me, but it’s true.
- I am thankful for my amazing family.
There’s nothing quite like a family dynamic, and I love mine. From jokes to disagreements, trips, and group texts, we’ve said it all. I can’t wait for our adventure over winter break. We’re loud and quirky and ridiculous. I’d never have it any other way.
- I am thankful for my friends.
How these folks are still putting up with me I’ll never know, but I’m so grateful to them. I’ve called them at random hours, texted questions out of context, asked for inspiration on the blog, work, life…these people are my lifeline when I’m low and my cheerleaders when I’m on top of the world.
- I am thankful for everyone who pushed me to do this.
This blog has been the best learning experience. I’ve learned to see my students differently, to see therapy differently, and to watch the theatre differently. It’s given me something to look forward, even when it’s a source of stress. It’s given me an outlet, an education of its own kind, and it wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t have support of others along the way.
- I am thankful for laughter.
This fall semester was rough, to say the least. Busier than I;ve ever been with a bigger caseload than I’ve ever had. Finding the laughter when I could was everything I needed in a day. This was often provided by many podcasts, most of which were created by Gillian Pensavalle or Patrick Hinds.
- I am thankful for the theatre.
I am thankful for what it teaches me, for the perspectives it has given me over my life, and for the escape. I get to go into someone else’s world and into someone else’s dreams for a few hours, and there’s nothing more magical than that. It’s like hitting the reset button and getting an instant do-over.
- I am thankful for BroadwayCon.
I am thankful for having spent a weekend with my people, who love what I love. For meeting some of my favorite talents. For meeting the people behind the characters they play. The human connection found at BroadwayCon is unique unto itself. I look forward to BroadwayCon 2018.
Happy Thanksgiving to all celebrating. If you’re not celebrating, take a moment and write down a few things you’re thankful for. As a challenge, I’d like to know what you’re thankful for this year. Please share in comments below, and know that I’m grateful for each one of you.
Keep playing with words and see what your message creates!
–Stef the StageSLP