As I’ve mentioned in the past, we don’t do a big, traditional Thanksgiving dinner. A small Southern-style dinner full of fried chicken, coleslaw, and potato salad is where it’s at for us today. Then it’s freshly baked Dutch apple pie with some French vanilla ice cream on the side for desert. That’s some good stuff.
However, just because I don’t eat turkey or stuffing doesn’t mean I’m not interested in honoring the tradition of giving thanks for all that I have.
I wanted to take just a quick moment today to run down a few things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving.
I’m incredibly lucky. I have a wonderfully supportive partner who totally cheers me on as I march down the path to financial independence. She’s been so sweet to me since the moment we met, and I’ll always be grateful to have her in my life. I’ve not always been the best partner, such as when I tried to strong-arm her into moving with me to Michigan in a fit of selfishness. But she’s risen above my own occasional indiscretion and I’m a better man for it.
In addition, she has a son that she’s a great mom to. He’s been somewhat limited by his Asperger syndrome, but he’s transcended his disabilities in a manner that has made both of us proud. And of course there’s Diego, our Chihuahua. I believe he’s under the assumption that he’s the King of The Castle, but he’s definitely my bud. He keeps me great company when I’m home all alone during the day, writing away.
I’ve permanently lost a good portion of my extended family due to a combination of extremely unfortunate events, some of which I’ve been open about. But I’m grateful for what I have. Not only do I have a fantastic family here in Florida, but I still have great people that I’m close to back in Michigan, like my oldest sister and my best friend. I treasure all of these relationships and I’m extremely thankful for them.
I was just discussing what an asset this community is. I consider myself lucky to have so many intelligent and like-minded investors out there stopping by the blog to offer support and/or discuss the success they’re having on their respective journeys to financial independence. You readers are a joy to converse with.
We all learn from each other. Through the support we offer each other we grow and all become more successful. And one’s success begets success for everyone else. I believe just like dividends are the “proof in the pudding” that shows investors a company is indeed profitable, the growing dividend income that some of us are generating is similarly the “proof in the pudding” that this strategy works.
One day I’ll be living off of my dividend income, and I think there will then be even more people coming by to discover what this is all about. It’s like there’s a whole new generation out there that will one day be believers, and I aim to keep writing and inspiring in the meanwhile.
I’m alive. And I’m healthy. I think that says it all. I have more time than ever now that I’m pursuing writing on a full-time basis, but it would all be for not if I didn’t have health. I’ve long been a fitness enthusiast, but jogging and exercising is no guarantee that you’ll have good health. Especially considering that I’m like Warren Buffett in my appreciation for cheeseburgers and pop over fruit and vegetables. Perhaps I just have good genes. And I have less stress than ever, thanks to this new lifestyle. Life is good!
But health is it, folks. Without health, we really have nothing. I’m glad to be alive, living in the USA in 2014, healthy, and able to pursue my passions without persecution. Good health is priceless, worth far more than any material object one can possibly purchase. And I try to remember this every single day.
My Newfound Freedom
This post wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t give thanks for the opportunity I’ve been given to pursue my passion in writing. Being able to do the things I love as a “job” is just incredible. I spend hours every single day writing, reading, and responding to emails and comments. It’s a dream come true.
I consider myself so fortunate to be able do what I love every single day. I always knew that owning my own time was far more pertinent to my happiness and well-being than owning a nice car, big house, or a bunch of fancy stuff. And I now know that I was right about that. The journey to financial independence just gets better every single day.
I’ll be enjoying some fried chicken and football today. I hope all of you readers out there are enjoying family, food, and whatever else it is that makes you and yours happy. Never forget how much you already have in your pursuit of more.
Are you giving thanks this Thanksgiving? What for?
Thanks for reading.
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