For the folks in the United States, I want to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!
This morning when I woke up, I thought about what I’m thankful for. And I took this day as a day of introspection on all the things and people that have made and make a difference in my life.
Of course I’m thankful for my family, both immediate and extended. They’re the foundation in my life, and especially with my own wife and kids, they define who I am as a man. I’m very thankful for my beautiful wife who, despite us struggling at times, has stuck by me for 20 years.
I’m also thankful that even though I may not be living my dream of playing music fulltime, I have a career (software architecture and engineering) that allows me to enjoy my family and be able to gig – a LOT.
Speaking of gigging, last week, I made a record low in tips at my weekly restaurant gig. Usually, I bring home $80 to $100, but last week, I pulled in less than $20. But there’s one thing I’ve always told myself with respect to tips: It’s money I didn’t have before, so I’m thankful for ANY money I get. Besides, I get a decently hourly wage, so tips are simply icing on the cake.
I could go on, but I think you get the idea. But I will end with this: Life may be difficult at times, but there’s always something for which to be thankful.
Oh! Before I get, I’m thankful for all the people who’ve taken the time to make GuitarGear.org what it is today, and wish you and yours my most sincere regards! Happy Thanksgiving!