I’m sitting here in my room in Austin, TX – window opened, sun shining in, blinds fully drawn away. I moved here just over two and a half years ago from my hometown in Georgia, to “find myself” at the age of 24. I’m 27 now, and since moving, I’ve learned that life only gets harder the further out you adventure on the quest to find something deeper, whatever that may end up meaning to you. I’ve been floundering for about two of the two and a half years since leaving Georgia, trying desperately to hold on to a positive life perspective. Between personal life, social anxiety, depression, finding good work, struggling to become an optioned screenwriter, and many other life factors, I was sinking into my shadows very fast. I’m by no means even now claiming to have conquered, or even having begun to conquer my demons. But I’m beginning to see the guiding lights within and outside of me get a little brighter. Every day seems a little better. And it’s because of being thankful. With that thought, I’m going to return to my afternoon bowl, and find peace in thankfulness while listening to Nahko and Medicine for the People. The song that inspired me to post this can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P62LVKhddKI . If you’re so inclined, write one thing your thankful for as a response to this post so that we can all inspire each other in the truth that no matter your circumstance you can CHOOSE to be content, even in times of pain and sadness. I’m thankful that I have managed to sustain myself for the last few years, and that I’ve learned more about myself and other people within that time than I have in my entire life.