…thanksgiving meditations

This year the universe introduced gratitude to me. Took a while, I know. I’ve always said thank you if I was given something or if someone held a door for me. I mean for the little things. The things we all take for granted.

Today is “Thanksgiving”. Everyone will have an opinion on this holiday.

is it a man made holiday?

should we celebrate it?

I look at it as a day you enjoy the company of your friends and family.

The “feast” aspect of this holiday doesn’t really matter to me anymore. I’m fine making some pasta or egg & oats (diet staples). All the extra stuff means nothing to me.

I was fortunate enough to make my way to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade for the first time. The journey to get there was an experience. Up early catching the Metro North, then transferring over to the 4 train. Walking through the city before it “wakes up”. There was no traffic, no horn honking, and no speed walking, rushing to get to your destination. It was a smooth, slow pace voyage to the parade. I walked through Central Park for first time. I’d say I got my 10,000 steps in today for sure.

Upon arriving to the seating section for the parade at W.67th & Central Park West, we were escorted by an NYPD officer through a enormous crowd of people. Once we pillaged through the sea of parade goers we walked on the empty street where it felt like all eyes were on us. I felt like I was someone for those brief moments.

carrying on.

The parade begins and everyone is jumping for joy. Plenty waves, smiles and”Happy Thanksgiving”s filled up the space. It was a great energy flowing. It was so great I caught myself on many occasions just smiling. Just randomly smiling.

Three observations.

  1. Directly across from where I am sitting is an apartment complex. You can see the families in their windows, with a great view and heat. I smiled and said to myself how dope that is. NYC apartment with a fantastic view of the Thanksgiving Day Parade while  enjoying the company of your family. The children on each floor were hopping up and down waving. People opening the windows to record and capture moments via the camera app. That was awesome to see.
  2. I saw a black man with his daughter in front of me. I think my man had more fun than his daughter. They were taking pictures with the people in the parade. Just truly being in the moment, enjoying every bit of what the parade had to offer.
  3. Lastly, I noticed I was living in the moment. Soaking up the experience and being grateful for the experience. Whenever I’m in the midst of crowds, I get anxiety. I think too much. I overthink and form situations in my head. Good & bad. It’s my way of being prepared just in case anything happens. How will I react? What will I say? Will I lose my cool? Not today. From the moment I stepped on the train, I was in the moment. It felt amazing to be in the moment and enjoy the parade. Growth? I hope so.

Bless up. Be thankful. Be grateful. Enjoy the company you are with today to the fullest. Don’t let a holiday stop you from blessing up and being thankful.

get ya grub on too.



Written by:

Ky’ron Fitzgerald




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