I spent most of my Thanksgiving on the road to California. I planned to visit family for dinner. I didn’t mind the solo drive. In fact, I relished in it. The desert scenery had never looked more beautiful to me.
It was the first stretch of hours I’d been alone in a many moons. For the first time since I could remember, I only had to focus on one task at hand: just drive.
I cranked up one of my playlists, drummed the dashboard, and danced without restraint (well, as much as my seat belt would allow). Solo traveling once again, even if it was just for a holiday, was something I was VERY grateful for.
But naturally, I had to find SOME way to multitask. So I took to calling some of my friends (hands free, I swear!) thanking them for their presence in my life. I could have never called every single person I loved within those five hours, but it felt good to share the love with those I did.
Between the conversations and “Happy Thanksgiving” wishes on fast food restaurant marquees, my mind overflowed with the many blessings I’d received this year.
From silly town names (like Zzyzx, California), to feel-good photos of penguins in sweaters, to incredibly sappy moments with friends and family, my gratitude filled the desert valley far and wide.
But there was one thing in particular that stood out to me. As I rolled past small towns, down the stretches of road, and skipped through songs, it held steady like a bass line.
A few weeks ago, I interviewed filmmaker, Mario Van Peebles, on the Soul Train Awards’ red carpet. He was with his daughter and he said something to me that was so striking, so… true, I had to share it with you. Obviously it stuck with me.
“I think there are three loves: Love what you do. Love the folks you do it with. And love what you get to say with it. And if you get those three to line up, you’re in good shape.”
I thought about where I landed on his spectrum. And I realized that while I was nowhere near where I thought I’d be, I was so lucky to have work in a field I enjoyed. I was officially a PAID WRITER… for the number 1 daily newspaper in America. AND I got to do some pretty bad ass things because of it.
The people I’ve met and been able to surround myself with this year have been incredible. The more time that passes, the more I continue to meet inspiring, positive, creative, and supportive souls from around the world.
My circle keeps growing and is more colorful and beautiful everyday. It even includes a few fins now, too.
But it’s definitely the third contention that gets me. I get to do something with my work that is unique: I get to share it with others. And I am blessed to know others who want to share back.
Thank you all for sharing back.
I hope all you Stateside folks had a wonderful Thanksgiving. And to everyone worldwide, here’s to wonderful beginning to the holiday season. But more importantly, here’s to doing what you love, with who you love, and loving what you get to say with it.