This time of year, brings on a period of reflection for me and I’d imagine I’m not alone. Being a fan of American sports, I have been frequently reminded over the past couple of weeks that it is Thanks Giving over there in the U.S so its kind of in the name. I was lucky enough to have been in Orlando, Florida on holiday as a kid on Thanks Giving and never having heard of it before was astounded at how big a deal it was but loved seeing all the festivities, kind of like a pre-Christmas in my mind. I have no idea why they have it on a Thursday every year though, if you know then please educate me.
I’m writing this in the morning following a gig and right now I feel I have a lot to be thankful for. I’m in the best band I’ve ever been in, we’ve just played in Liverpool (I love that city), we shot a music video last week and I’m hugely thankful to Andrew, Erin and Libby who worked so hard for us and we’ve got a lot of exciting ideas to bring to fruition over the coming weeks and months.
The thing I’m most thankful for though is my support system. Where would I be without you guys. My Wife is so accepting of all the time I have to put into the band, she hears me constantly talk about what we’re up to and even though she must be sick of it she rarely, if ever, says anything about my drum buying habit. I’m already eyeing up my next one even though I got a new kit just 3 months ago. My Mum, Father-in-Law and Brother-in-Law also have a huge part to play. Always willing to look after the kids as we try and navigate our work schedules. My Mum’s duties also go above and beyond this, I’ve always been close to my Mum. Even though I can be really grumpy (this is a massive understatement – Sorry Mum) with her, its only because we are so close and no matter my mood, I can always be myself around her.
I don’t know whether its my state of mind at this time of year, and even though I think of him often, I seem to be reminded more frequently of my Dad who passed away 14 years ago. I’ve never really felt the need to visit his final resting place that often, even though it is only a short walk or an even shorter drive from my house but he is in my thoughts almost daily and I know he’d be getting a kick out of seeing me with my band if he were around today. I’m extremely thankful that he was a drummer too, it helps to have that kind of start to your musical life.
I’m trying to live my life without regrets and heard a couple of great quotes recently. “Nobody gets to live life backwards. Look ahead, that is where your future lies” and “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards” I’ve found that this helps me maintain a positive mindset and helping me to enjoy the moment and look forward to whatever the future holds.