It’s officially Thanksgiving Day everyone!! I can just smell the turkey, and most importantly, the pumpkin pie. Ahhh yes. It just feels so right.
I absolutely love this time of year. I love when the whole house is filled with those feel good scents that take you back to the good ole’ days of running around grandma’s house. I love when the holiday music softly plays in the background, as your mom works hard in the kitchen preparing the greatest feast of the year. And I most importantly love when everyone you cherish the most is together at the dinner table, going around saying what they had most to be thankful for this past year.
Unfortunately, this year, I have to spend the first part of my Thanksgiving at work. I know, I know, this is the part where I say how thankful I am for having a job that pays the loans upon loans I have. Don’t get me wrong, I am very thankful for it, but this year, when we go around the dinner table saying what we are most thankful for, mine won’t be my job. It won’t be any material thing I possess. And no, it won’t even be Duke. I know, big shocker there. Mine will be something that most people probably wouldn’t even think to be thankful for. Mine will be second chances.
Yes, everyone, this year, I am so, so thankful for second chances.
It’s not even just looking back on this year. It’s looking back on my whole entire 24 years of existence. I ask myself, where would I be without second chances? It’s scary to think about. It is almost chilling. Without second chances – Without grace, I could be dead, I could be lonely, I could be lost.
I first go back to when I was 7 years old. Huddled in the basement, under blankets, clinging with everything I had to my dad, while an F-4 tornado literally took everything from above us. It was the most traumatizing night of my life. To this day, I still feel the fear from that night. It wasn’t the blankets that saved our lives that night. It wasn’t even my parents’ strong hold on to us kids as the tornado ripped through everything around us. It was God – God’s grace that saved us. Without his grace. Without him giving us a second chance to live life, I would not be here today. That is why I am thankful for every morning I wake up, and for every night I lay my head safely down on my pillow. That is why, I am thankful for God’s second chance.
Then I go to my senior year of college. The year that I made a big mistake. The year, I was unsure of my fate, my future. What would become of me? Would everything I worked so hard for, be ripped away from me that quickly after one mistake? But after two months of uncertainty. Two months of pure misery, I was blessed with a second chance. A second chance from people there who believed in me. The people who saw me for more than my mistake. There isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not thankful for them believing in me and for them giving me that second chance to prove myself.
Then I think, where would any of us be without second chances after mistakes. We all make them. Big ones and small ones. It’s part of life. So be thankful for those second chances, because you’re life wouldn’t be the way it is now, without them.
I then go to this past year. Actually, these last 3 months. The time when I lost one person who meant so much to me. The person I thought I would spend my life with. We went our separate ways for 6 weeks. It was tough. My heart broke. But then out of the blue, things turned around. They did a complete 180. We were brought back together. This time, even stronger and happier than before. There isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not thankful for that second chance. The second chance he gave me to love him, the second chance I gave him to cherish me completely, and the second chance we gave each other to make things even greater this time around.
I finally think, where would Duke be without a second chance? Where would any of those sweet shelter animals be? Probably alone, probably scared, and maybe even gone from this world. He was given a second chance at a family. A second chance at love. And I know, he appreciates that more than anything. They all do.
So tonight, when I sit around the dinner table with my family, listing everything that we are each thankful for, I will say how I am so thankful for second chances. Without them, I wouldn’t be here. I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I wouldn’t be as happy as I am right now.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!