Dear life 12

by Kim on August 26, 2013 · 14 comments

So Many Places readers– This was supposed to be the last edition of the Dear Life series but I’ve received so many letters in the past week that I’ll be publishing one more Dear Life post tomorrow. Thanks to each and every one of you that took the time to sit down and write your letter of gratitude. I’ve enjoyed reading all of them. They’ve helped me to remember all that I have to be thankful for (it’s a lot). Kim.

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Ashley
San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
August 5, 2013
3:30 p.m.

Dear Life,

Thank you for the baby playing soccer in my tummy. For a love so deep and complete and life-changing for someone who isn’t even here yet that it shocks me and moves me to tears in the grocery store checkout line.

Thank you for a community of empowered women who have paved the way for me to have whatever kind of experience I imagined for bringing life into the world.

Thank you for surprising me with this gift, on your own timing. I never would have said I was ready, but now I can’t imagine it any other way.

Thank you for new beginnings, and the courage to step over the line from comfortable and familiar to unknown and challenging.

Ashley

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Ethan
San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
August 7, 2013
2:00 p.m.
Blog: Independent Travel Cats

Dear Life,

Thank you for all the things you have brought into my world.

Thank you for my two wonderful cuddly cats: Dodger and Dash. While they can be a handful sometimes, they provide so much love and companionship.

Thank you for my new job that is finally in the field of my choice. I had to wait a long time but it finally happened. Help me to succeed in this new position.

Thank you for my understanding girlfriend who tries to help me live my dreams. My life was not moving along a good path before I met her, but she has helped me realize that life has a lot to offer if you are motivated and work hard for it.

Thank you for yummy Mexican food, particularly New Mexican food. As a Albuquerque native now living in California, I so miss Hatch green chili from New Mexico.

Thank you for the bad things as well, including my congenital heart condition. While it has lead to many surgeries and rough times, it has made me tougher and has made me savor the life that I have. I know that things could be a lot worse.

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Thank you for my family. Although they have a lot of problems and are going through rough times right now, I know they love me and I them.

So thank you for knowing me and truly only giving me not only what I can handle, but also making sure these bad things help me to grow and become a better more caring person. Life you truly are a wonder and mystery, but that mystery is what makes you so interesting.

I love you life and I am thankful for you every day I am able to be thankful!!!

Sincerely,

Ethan

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Mima
Queens, NY, U.S.A.
August 17, 2013
11:31 p.m.

Dear life,

Thank you for the days like today.

Thank you for the blowing wind, for the sun, for the trees, for the blue sky, for the mountains and amazing nature around me. Thank you for the special smell of nature, for the clean air and deep breaths of relaxation and pure joy while riding with my husband on his motorcycle. Thank you for teaching me to live in the moments and enjoy them. Thank you for my husband. Thank you for the love we have for each other. Thank you for the happiness. Thank you for always keeping us safe.  

Thank you for the good food, good fun times and good friends to share it all with. Thank you for the laughter. Thank you for the Starbucks lattes at the service areas on the road.

Thank you for a kind stranger who gave us his jump cables to start our motorcycle when our battery died. Thank you for another kind stranger who helped as well. And thank you for the friend who helped the most.

Thank you for showing me again this morning that if I really want something I can do it or get it.

Thank you for my family, for their love and support and for my husband’s family that is also my family – thank you for the good health you give to all of us. Thank you for my brother’s son whose smiles and laughter are priceless and who brings so much love and joy into my family. Thank you for my husband brother’s son, for his hugs and kisses and never ending monologues from the back of our car while he is holding my hand.

Thank you for every new day you give me, for every breath I take and for life in my heart. Thank you for being so good to me. I am deeply grateful for everything and everyone you have given me!

I love you life!

Mima

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Zof
Yerevan, Armenia
August 19, 2013
8:30 a.m.
Blog: The Picktures

Dear Life,

Thank you for every beautiful day in Yerevan. It’s been a month since I moved here. Everyday I wake up surprised that all of this is really happening.

My morning coffee in Yerevan.

My walk to the office.

My work.

The meetings with some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met.

The hours of small talk.

The escapes from the city.

The encounters with some of the most amazing sights I’ve ever seen.

Thank you for each and every second of it, dear life.

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Thank you for the warm wind and the city center lights winking at me from far away.

Thank you for my extremely supportive Mom and every piece of advice she has ever given me.

Thank you for letting me to come back to this small landlocked country in Southern Caucasus I’ve come to love.

Thank you for the taxi driver who gave me a free ride the other day.

Thank you for the lady in the bakery next to my place who greets me every day and who remembers my name.

Thank you for the Armenian hospitality I encounter on my every step.

Thank you for all the ups & downs. Thank you for all the surprises you brought me and the ones you will bring me while I will be busy making other plans.

Thank you for all the people and places I remember and let me hope they remember me too.

Thank you for the hard work. Thank you for the cause.

Thank you for the stories I was told and the stories I tell. Thank you for the good listeners.

Thank you for the amazing book I’m reading right now.

Thank you for the apricots, the grapes and the pomegranate juice.

Thank you for tomorrow.

Love,

Zof

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Read more Dear Life submissions from So Many Places readers around the web:

Kristin T. from Hyderabad, India

Dear Life, Thank you for a new world that challenges so much of what I thought I knew. Thank you for that scared and unsettling feeling when I am completely out of my element. Read more here

 

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Ashlie August 26, 2013 at 11:08 am

Beautiful sentiments by all. Ashley, you made me cry. Ethan, I’m from the land of ‘eat green chile on everything’ too. I feel your pain!
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Kim August 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Agreed. I just love reading every single letter.

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Ethan August 26, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Hi Ashlie, yes, going without Hatch green chilie is hard:)
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Carina August 26, 2013 at 11:16 am

OMG, in my reader the first 1.75 sentences of the first “Dear Life” letter showed up. No note from you, no date/place stuff, just the thing about baby in belly and I was floored! Glad that wasn’t yours! (Unless of course you want it to be!)
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Kim August 26, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Ha!!! No, I do not want it to be right now. Maybe someday ;)

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Ethan August 26, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Thanks Kim for the opportunity to express my gratitude on your website, and for the chance to read all the other wonderful posts by others each week. Jess and I really enjoy them.
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Kim August 29, 2013 at 11:12 am

Of course! Thank you so much for sharing your letter.

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TammyOnTheMove August 26, 2013 at 8:31 pm

OMG I thought you were pregnant when I only saw the excerpt of the firstletter on your homepage. :-)
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Kim August 29, 2013 at 11:13 am

Whahaha. Not a chance :)

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Marty Gibosn August 27, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Dear Life,

Thank you for the 2 delicious children I have and all the friends and relatives they have added into my life, including this blogger.

Thank you for all the Holidays and instant parties enjoyed with this incredible group of people.

Thank you for the squeeling voices of 2 grandchildren who run up to me, arms opened wide, jumping up on me with BIG hugs, and screaming,”Farmor!” (Swedish for father’s mother) from a 31/2 year old and some baby jibberish from a 16 month old.

Thank you for the husband of 36 years without who helped in making this all possible. You know it takes 2 to tango; – )

Thank you for the mother-in-law I adore as my own mother.

Thank you for the beautiful country in which we live. The Northwest is forever in our hearts.

Family, friends, living in beauty…sums it up for me.

Marty

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Kim August 29, 2013 at 11:13 am

Lovely :) Thanks Marty.

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Kimmy @ AfterGlobe September 3, 2013 at 11:57 am

Mmmm, all great thank yous. Love all that love.
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Kim September 3, 2013 at 5:31 pm

I love all that love too!

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