30 Days of Gratitude : #29

#29: What friend/family member are you grateful for today?

I’d like to be able to name someone from my own family/relatives that I’m grateful for…but unfortunately I can’t, because I’ve been let down, frowned upon, rejected, neglected, ignored, looked down upon, denigrated, and generally treated as worthless by them. I’m too much of a renegade, rebel, non-conformist, bohemian, weirdo, square peg in a round hole, for their conservative tastes. They can’t understand why I can’t just conform to Society, work a 9-5 job like them, do the same things they do, and just live a “normal” life like them.

What they don’t understand is that what’s “normal” to them is anything but to me. I truly believe that one must do what one is passionate about, in order to be happy. Working for the sake of paying the bills or paying off loans, is NOT going to make anyone happy. Living a life designed by someone else, or ignoring what you’re passionate about, is NOT going to make you happy. And isn’t Happiness ultimately the aim of everyone on Earth?

The only person I know that truly “gets” me is my dear neighbour and friend, Diane. She’s a sprightly 76, a real social butterfly, has a wicked sense of humour, and loves shopping at thrift stores just like me. We get on like a house on fire. I drive her up the wall with my whacky ideas, and she likes to say “For F&*@’s sake, Annabelle!” But it’s all in fun. 

I dearly love Diane. She’s the Mother I never had, and she’s also my best friend and confidante. I drive her to the Library, we have coffee, sometimes we go to the shops and have lunch together, I drive her to the doctor’s or dentist’s, or to one of her social meetings or mah-jongg games. She has me over for coffee and cake and a good natter sometimes. I look after her house when she goes away. We look out for each other.

Diane is possibly my Guardian Angel, and I’m extremely grateful to have her. Thank you, Universe, for finding me the best friend a girl could ever have!

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