I am grateful for so much, not the least of which is for the gift that gratitude itself bestows upon the thankful. Without it, I have felt bereft in the face of plentitude — lonely in loving arms, slighted despite privilege — nothing is ever enough without gratitude. But with it, I feel a part of something bigger than self, a humility that softens my ego and allows me to acknowledge that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. I feel happy, satisfied, full of delight. Life is truly such a miracle. A blessing beyond measure. So, first and foremost, let me shout from the top of the proverbial mountain that I am so grateful to be alive and sharing this awesome experience with all of you.
Grab your wine, let’s have a toast!!!
I am grateful for….
My beautiful, healthy, sweet daughter, Soleil. You have brought a new depth, intensity, and meaning to my life.
My loving husband, the iron ballast that steadies my boat, the gusty wind that fills my sails. Baby, you make everything fun.
Angela, Noni, Mama to us both. Thank you for being here for us with your ever constant love and support. You anticipate our every need, give selflessly of your time and energy, and make us believe in ourselves the way only the best of moms can. I am so thankful that we have you in our lives, especially in Sol’s. You are the bodhisattvabuela. xoxo.
My family and friends, you are a balm of tenderness. You flesh out my bones, cry by my side, make me laugh in spite of myself.
Kiki, my amiga for life. You’ve helped me be my better self, taught me to go where the love is, and walked quietly by my side for nearly a decade now. You are such a good girl. Please do me one last favor, I want to be there for you when it’s time for us to part ways. Let me be by your side, stroking your head, looking into your eyes….let me say goodbye.
Mongo–the King of Huanchaco. Thank you for spending a year with us. I hope you knew how much we loved you, how special you were. You bore witness to the darkest parts of man’s soul, and yet you approached every stranger with your tail wagging, as if you’d been friends forever. I loved that about you. And god you were funny, full of mischief and cuddles. My boy. I love and miss you, so so much. It still hurts to let you go.
My nomad life that takes me to new places, invites new people into my circle, stretches who I am into a braver, more magnanimous, open-minded and compassionate self. I can’t wait to hit the road again, to see what gifts tomorrow brings!
Lastly, I am thankful for all of you!! Thank you Sprinter Life readers. You have made our experience so much richer by allowing us to share it with you. And thank you especially for giving back, for leaving us comments and sharing parts of yourself with us. I am still so amazed by how cool our online community has become, and it’s all because of you!
Gracias de todo corazon,
-Stevie, Tree and Sol