Now that today is the first day of 2023, I thought I’d start off the year on a positive note and list five things in 2022 that I’m thankful for.
I’m sure that if I thought about it a bit more I’d come up with a bigger list than the five things below but, I reckon it’s a good start.
The Great Move Of 2022
Every day I am thankful for the fact that I had the courage to sell up and move down to the Fleurieu eventually ending up at Yankalilla.
It would’ve been easy to have the thoughts of moving but not act on them but thankfully I didn’t listen to my fear.
I also had Mara’s voice in my head egging me on and for anyone who knew Mara, she was a very persuasive individual and for that alone, I am thankful.
I wouldn’t be where I am now if I wasn’t able to stay with Mum and Dad for all that time I was looking for a house.
It gave me an opportunity to not worry about the rental transition between one house to another and it gave my dog Charlie a lot of room to move around as our old place had no real yard to speak of.
My sister and her tribe plus my extended family have all made sure that I know they have my back with everything that has happened to me plus the choices I have made over the last 3 years or so.
For their unconditional love and support, I am truly thankful.
Charlie The Groodle
Speaking about Charlie, I am so thankful that I have him around to remind me that life is not all about the self, it’s also about looking after others.
Being a fur-parent has taught me a lot of lessons about responsibility and mindfulness that I would otherwise have missed out on as I don’t have children of my own.
For that I’m also thankful.
He makes me laugh and at the same time frustrates the hell out of me. He is the perfect way for me to learn more about myself.
As well as my family, my friends are the people that makes life worth living and are one of the reasons that I get out of bed in the morning.
As a songwriter and musician, most of my friends are in the music industry but there are other friends who aren’t musicians and they really give me well rounded perspective on the world through the lives that they lead and the conversations that we have.
I am thankful for each and every one of my friends (you all know who you are).
Where would I be without music? I ask myself this question from time to time and I can’t really come up with an answer.
Or, maybe I don’t want to come with an answer at all. It’s just too scary to think about as music is what I am, not what I do.
Very soon I’ll be treading the boards again either as a solo artist or in a duo and this time around I will not be taking the opportunities presented to me or the audiences that I’ll find myself playing in front of for granted.
I am thankful that I have the ability to either work from home either in a recording or web development capacity or work as a professional gigging musician performing my own music or a hybrid between my songs and covers.
2023 is the year that I truly back myself and my abilities to ensure that I create the life that I want to live by doing the things that are necessary for this creative life to happen.
What things have happened to you in 2022 that you are thankful for? Let me know, I’d love to have a chat about it with you.