I haven’t done anything cliché yet for Thanksgiving, so here I go: I am so thankful for this stage of life. I am in a stage where I get to learn so much, and I get to do it with so many awesome people. I am so thankful for all of the things I get to be learning right now.
I’m learning what it means to supervise and manage people. I’m learning about responsibility, patience and how to have grace.
I’m learning how far my car can go with the gas light on, how to jiggle my blinker light just right in order to get it working again, and how to keep my lead foot under control.
I’m learning about theology; the attributes of God and his creation. I’m learning what gospel friendships look like and how vital gospel and community are.
I’m learning what it means to not give up on people and to pray continuously.
I’m learning that awkwardness is just a part of life that should be addressed and not ignored.
I’m learning that it’s really easy for me to pretend to be someone one I’m not and easy for me to fight for things that I shouldn’t.
I’m learning that asparagus should always be cooked longer than I think it should, that there will always be something spilled on a burner to make it smoke, and that by myself I can never finish a half gallon of milk before it expires.
I’m learning how important it is to have girl friends to come over with pizza, chocolate, and laughter instead of trying to drink my sorrows away.
I’m learning that I will always be in a war against sin and that I need to actively battle against it.
I’m learning that currently, most of my day is spent condensing my thoughts to 160 characters or less.
I’m learning that I actually can live alone, though I’m adopting some bad habits I may need to curb before anyone will want to live with me again.
I’m learning that I don’t do night class well when it’s redundant and I have a job I love. I don’t handle constantly perky professors well either.
I’m learning how important and awesome it is to surround myself with awesome women older and younger, who are passionate about life, learning, and Jesus.
I’m learning about Minneapolis, the history, the culture, and the fascinating people here.
I’m learning that people don’t expect or need me to have all the answers, they just like having someone to listen.
I’m learning how much I love my wacky awesome family.
I’m learning to stop waiting around for Prince Charming to ride up on his motorcycle and instead just live my life.
I’m learning that I can easily pass for much older than I am, I love talking to strangers, and it is easy for me to see how people are connected.
I’m learning that someone is going to have a problem, complaint or criticism against anything I do, so I should stop living my life trying to please other people.
I’m learning that I’m not in alone in feeling like, “Normally I'm a mess. I over think everything emotionally. I'm all over the place. Like, watch out! Cause one minute I'm laughing and the next minute I'm crying for no apparent reason but it's probably just because I'm really tired. **giggle giggle cry** See? I don't know. Look at me! I'm just so tired."- Kate (Ben and Kate)
I’m learning I will probably always be tired and always appreciate a really great cup of coffee or a really good beer with a friend.
I am super loving this life. It’s sometimes challenging. It’s sometimes really easy. Overall it’s pretty beautiful. In the words of my friend T-Swift, “We’re happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time. It’s miserable and magical, oh yeah.”
Loving life. Thanks for being a part of it.