This past weekend was a lot of fun! I was able to spend a good bit of time with my awesome family and friends. I am a real lucky person to have so many lovely people around me. They give me a lot of hope for the future and for all the joyful moments ahead!
Thanksgiving was nice as always. My family rents out a cafeteria at a community college, so that makes it a very nice time in terms of not having to feel cramped in a house. We also have the use of the gym, so we were able to have a lot of fun playing soccer to work off some of the overeating we did earlier in the day.
We are having fun working out!
Getting ready for some Soccer
We went and got the Walsh family Christmas tree on Saturday as well. That was a lot of fun because my brother Dan was there, and he usually hasn’t been able to participate in that particular tradition! I think we got a great tree. It’s fat and sassy, and I think it will look awesome once it is decorated.
Overall, it was one lovely weekend, and I’m really grateful for the experience!
A year ago today, I had a biking accident that incapacitated me for a long while.
It’s interesting to look back on that day. It started like any other day, yet ended unlike any other day. It was dark and windy, just like many days since, but it is special in my mind because of how much it affected my life. Even today, I ride differently at night than I used to. I try to be a little more careful and in less of a hurry, but like that night, sometimes I forget to be safe. It’s very easy to get caught up in the past and future of my life, but to not pay attention to the present. The experience taught me a lot about asking for help, being grateful for what I have and what I do not have, and also not feeling like I have to control my whole world.
Another thing that is brought to mind at this anniversary is all my friends, family, and strangers who have helped me in the past year. Rich drove me to the emergency room. My friends John, Andrew, Joe, James, Rixin, Liz, and many other friends and family were able to drive me back and forth to places I needed to go. My parents put me up for a week and took care of me until I could at least start to go back to work. The staff at Quantum Physical Therapy helped me get back on my feet. Along the way, there were countless strangers who went out of their way to help me, from opening doors for me to just being careful to watch out for me. I am able to see how important a community of friends and family is, especially when I needed them the most. Also, I can see the goodness of strangers reaching out to the rest of the community with no reward other than altruism. It really is a beautiful thing!
I’ve recently had to think a bit about gratitude in general. I realize that I haven’t been very grateful for many of the wonderful things in my life, and maybe I should show a little more gratitude.
In the past, I’ve always been a bit of an optimist. But I realize that while I look to the future with lots of hope, and sometimes I look at the present through the rosy glasses of optimism, I’ve not really been consciously grateful for much of what I have. It takes work for me to do that.
One item in my life for which I will be forever grateful is my family. We have had more than the average share of problems, but I think that that is because there are more than the average number of siblings in it. But there has been a lot of love as well, and for that I am grateful. My family has supported me when I’ve done wonderful things and when I’ve made mistakes. It is great to know that they will always be there for me, no matter what happens.
In the path of life that I’ve taken one of the big constants has been family. While I haven’t been able to see them as much as I would like, the times that we do spend together are incredibly special.