Taking things for granted

American Toad in black and white

I find it fascinating that I used to have such a hard time relating to other girls. And now, I find it hard to relate to boys1. I haven’t been able to figure out when it happened or if it was even an over night change but I do like it. Women may be crazy2 but they3 are simply amazing creatures too.

I think that everything happens for a reason, and I think the reason I had a hard time relating to girls when I was younger was because I wouldn’t have been able to appreciate it as much. I was a cocky little shit when I was younger, and life didn’t help the matter because I was pretty lucky and it seemed to make me take things for granted. Not on purpose. And I always thought that I was pretty aware and self-aware; but in hindsight, there are a lot of things that I didn’t appreciate enough to remember.

When I started reconnecting4 with people I went to high school in Dubai with, they started recanting events that I only remembered based on pictures I remember seeing. I also noticed that they all seemed to have stayed in touch with each other and some were still best friends. And it made me realise that I was not as smart as I used to think I was. I’m so much more aware now; aware of all the things I don’t know anything about. And it forces me to pay attention to the way I say things, the way what I do or say might affect someone else.

But I digress, I used to take for granted how important it was to have close girlfriends; to have the same kind of bond I was looking for with a significant other, but with someone of the same sex5. I am so grateful that I didn’t live my entire life not knowing this kind of bond. And nowadays, I get to bond and hang out with more than a handful of really awesome women. It is just one of the things I am really thankful for this Thanksgiving.

I am especially thankful for girls like CN, HM, Heather, Christine, Dez, VM, SG, AS, JZ and IMS. I’m also thankful for the wonderful ladies I have gotten to know lately via twitter. I am still getting to know you but I have loved every minute of it so far. You all make me want to dance like nobody’s watching.

What are you thankful for?

Update: I am a jerk and forgot my wonderful Niya6!

  1. men, whatever[]
  2. I’m sorry ladies, but let’s call a spade a spade[]
  3. I suppose I should say we, huh?[]
  4. thanks to facebook[]
  5. and I don’t mean in the Lesbian way – pervert ;P[]
  6. to top it off I know she won’t mind because she’s just that amazing[]

responses to “Taking things for granted” 6

  1. I’m thankful for friends new & old, family, love, life, second chances and the people who give them.

    And for coffee, cup-a-soup and showtunes.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. I’ve always been better friends with guys, and didn’t relate to girls too often either. But I do have a few key women in my life who I am so thankful for. They are my rock, and they show me that not all women are catty – some of us are supportive and have true friendships. I hope to meet more women like that, even though I still am “one of the guys”.

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  4. I’m thankful for family, friends, health, the great chances I’ve had to make wonderful new friends this year, and posts like this that make me smile as I reflect on how very much my circle of strong, wonderful women brings to my life.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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