It’s bittersweet, Thanksgiving.
The food…the family…the FOOD! Ah, I love it!
Every year, without fail, our family, mostly made up of lifelong friends, gather at my cousin’s house to stuff ourselves with turkey (this year we also had vegan “turkey”), corn, mashed potatoes, homemade cornbread, cranberry sauce, green beans, Brussels sprouts….I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
We all catch up on a year full of events, even though we’ve seen each other a few times since last November. And, the dreaded, “so, what are you doing now?” gets dropped and all eyes are on you.
Think. We practiced this 500 times on the drive down. Sum up my entire year and life story in three short sentences before anyone has time to interrupt with their accomplishments as a response:
Spain was amazing. Just moved back to Massachusetts. Work is fine – I’m on a contract through the next two months and am in the process of applying for new jobs. Dating is non-existent (because, hey, who has time for that?).
Ok…leave out the parts about trying to figure out what I’m doing with my life, when I want to start a family, which gym should I join, how I’m going to pay off an exorbitant amount of student loans…yeah…everything is GREAT.
Does my family go through all of these thoughts as well? Because they all seem pretty put-together.
After the initial question, everything dies down, we share stories, laugh at the crazy games the kids are playing. All goes back to normal.
As I was driving home, though, my story sunk in a bit more…and for the next 24 hours, I couldn’t stop thinking about what I was going to do next with my life. Now that I crossed my number one achievement off of my bucket list…what will come next?