Thankful-ish is okay too.
I would be lying if I told you I loved all the “Be Thankful” graphics that come out this time of year.
Something about the phrase gets under my skin some days.
Now hear me out - I am incredibly thankful for where I am in life, my family, and my friends. Honestly, I have the greatest of both.
But it does not mean I'm not also full of every other emotion during the holiday season.
The feelings you’ve pushed deep down come to the surface when you see the empty chair, their favorite dish, or a relative that shares a similar trait.
If you need permission not to feel “thankful” for everything because life threw you curveballs - I am giving you that.
It is okay to be thankful-ish.