Semper Gratus (Always Grateful)

“…[G]ratitude helps us to see what is there instead of what isn’t.” ― Annette Bridges

It’s a little after 4am and I just got home after some quality time spent with some of my closest friends.  I feel so privileged to have them, as well as so many other amazing people in my life. I feel as though I’ve done a lot of growing up since I left the Marine Corps in 2010. I have a lot more confidence in myself, and I have a clearer idea of what I want out of Life, making my dreams that much easier to chase after. On the other hand, I feel as though without this solid network of people in my life I would have never been able to become the man that I am today, so for that – I’m thankful.

I’m thankful for an outstanding set of grandparents that showed me that perseverance pays off.
I’m also thankful for my Mom and little brother, who have supported me in everything that I’ve done, have done, and will do, throughout the course of my life.
I’m thankful for my mentors, that showed me that doing the right thing, isn’t always the popular thing.
I’m thankful for friends that have showed me that friendships can run deep, last long, and be an amazing experience for everyone involved.
And I’m thankful for my health, my courage, my spirit and my willingness to help others, as it’s gotten me to where I feel that I need to be.

Although my eyes feel heavy, and I have an incredible yearning to just fall asleep right now, my brain can’t stop wrapping its thoughts around how exceptional this weekend has been. My friends are truly amazing, and I couldn’t say that enough. I love them, and they know it. I just hope that everyone that I know and love can experience relationships similar to that of which I have formed with them.

In other news, “today” (it’s hard for me to fathom since I haven’t fallen asleep and woken up yet)  is Memorial Day so I hope that everyone takes a moment to think about the many people that have sacrificed and/or given their lives for the benefit of our nation. I would say more, but I don’t believe there’s a need.

Besides, I already hear a bird chirping outside, which means that I should probably try to get as much sleep as I can before the daylight wakes me.

Much Love to all, and I hope this non proof-read entry is coherent enough. I guess we will see.