November 19, 2008 Peter

A Big Birthday Thank You

Yups, I just accomplished a first in my life, my 33rd birthday in a row. If things go as I plan them to go (does that ever happen?),  next year I will hit an all time life record of 34 birthday’s in a row. Wish me luck as I push for my personal best. However, if i don’t make it, I hope you will come to my funeral with camera in hand.

Every Wednesday in college (UNCG and The College at Southeastern) I would write down everything that I was thankful for. It has been some time that I did that so I thought that I would start with here. You may ask what I was so thankful for every Wednesday. Well, considering that there is very little I (or anyone else for that matter) have control over I would think that it is by the grace of God I am not in a worse place than I am actually in. For example, any person who is born has the potential to have a physical or mental disorder. Considering that I not only did not ask to be born or have control over my mental health, I figure I can be thankful that my brain works.

Before I go into what I am thankful for I would like to invite you to do the same. If you don’t know where to start then I will give you an example of a few topics to help stimulate your synapses.

Thank yous pertaining to:

  • location
  • health
  • occupation
  • school
  • family
  • friends
  • influences in my life
  • Miscellaneous

I’ll go first:

Location:

  • I am thankful that I live in a Condo in which my mortgage is cheaper than most peoples’ car payment.
  • I am thankful that I live in a city that allows me a number of opportunities to photograph weddings.
  • I am thankful that I live in a city that has an airport close enough so I can fly anywhere.

Health:

  • I am thankful that I can read, write, and function normally
  • I am thankful that my heart beats every morning and that I can walk (anatomy of walking)
  • I am thankful that I don’t have any diseases

Occupation:

  • I am thankful for the people who value my work enough to invite and pay me to photograph their weddings
  • I am thankful that I get to travel throughout Georgia and the country to photograph those weddings
  • I am thankful for an occupation that will allow me to do things that I never dreamed I would be doing

School:

  • I am thankful that I can read and write.
  • I am thankful for the teachers who took time for me
  • I am thankful for the teachers who pushed to get the best out of me

Family:

  • I am thankful for a family who loved me and did something about it
  • I am thankful for a family who taught me that I can control my destiny
  • I am thankful for a family who taught me that you don’t have to give in to your emotions
  • I am thankful for a family who taught me to be a man
  • I am thankful for a family that tolerated my “Let’s try and see what happens” philosophy

Friends:

  • I am thankful for the friends who I have
  • I am thankful for the friends who I can call up anytime day or night
  • I am thankful for the friends who will keep me accountable for my actions

Influences in your life:

  • I am thankful for the influential books in my life that the authors decided to write
  • I am thankful for those who, in positions of influence, have taken time to talk to me
  • I am thankful for the one closest to me that I can trust with my self.

Serendipity:

A serendipitous thank you  is one that comex from what you experience on a daily basis. For example, I was drinking bottled water while braking at a stop light. At the same time I looked in my rear view mirror and saw a truck that stopped just short of running into me. Here is what I am thankful for.

If the driver hit me while I was still drinking the bottle would have cut my mouth open and would have done some unwanted damage on my teeth. Here’s the visual. My head would have hit the head rest going at least the speed at which the truck hit me. My head would have proceeded to go back until it was stopped by the head rest. The bottle that was in my hand would have also gone back until it was stopped by my mouth. Bodily damage would have insued and most likely a messed up mouth. My head would then bounce off the head rest and make a b-line for the steering wheel. The bottle that was in my hand would have stopped once it made contact with the steering wheel. My face would have then struck said bottle which would have then caused even more damage to my face and mouth. (NOTE: water bottles can be quite long now and even when you are wearing your seat belt you are not far from the steering wheel)   I would have then had to:

  • go to the hospital to get bandaged up in an ambulance
  • go find my car or arrange someone to pick it up
  • go see the dentist to have work done on my front teeth
  • take time to recover and not see clients
  • be in extreme pain longer than a normal person should

All this was avoided because the few seconds that could have occurred of getting hit didn’t happen. I think that is some thing I can be thankful for.

Hasn’t there been times that you haven’t been paying attention driving and almost got in a wreck. I know I have. Well, what about those who actually do get in a wreck. I think about his everytime I drive by an accident that involves ambulances and the fire department. That could have been me! The drivers and passangers that were involved got up that morning, JUST LIKE I DID, and thought that today was going to be like any other day, JUST LIKE I DID. They made plans about the day and planned to go home, JUST LIKE I DID! And because of whatever decisions that were made in negosiating traffic a driver or two got on the wrong side of physics and caused an accident. At that moment, their lives and their families’ lives changed. And depending on how bad it was their lives may have changed forever.

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