Thankful Thursday Post 13

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My writing buddy, looking out the window wistfully, adjacent to his bed. (Photo by Author)

Happy Thankful Thursday!

For those of you who are new to Thankful Thursday, welcome!

I put together a post each week on Thursday to express my gratitude. Here is my video explaining Thankful Thursday. I feel like a video is more genuine than quoting myself in writing week to week. Take a look at the video recording, below:

In short, just in case you can’t watch the video (or it doesn’t work), each person, story, publication, etc. I select based on making me feel like I want to express gratitude. If you don’t want to follow me or what I write, I’m totally fine with that — that’s not the point of this. But, I love it when you support each other.

Love you all — just trying to spread the love!

Also, if you’re on Facebook and would like to see my live Thankful Thursday updates, please be sure to follow me at: “Sam Kimberle Writer, Creative Entrepreneur.”

Be sure to check out my video from this morning below if you’re interested.

Of course, I’m grateful for reading stories and meeting people through Medium that inspire me every day.

Here are my selections for this week, in no particular order:

  1. With the new changes here on Medium, people are reacting. Since we’re writers, many of us are reacting by writing articles about the changes, making predictions, etc. I saw a few threads in different facebook groups with TONS of these articles, and the whole thing just seems a bit ridiculous to me. So, I got the idea that someone needed to do a satirical/ humor piece about this. I tagged Reuben Salsa, and he took on the challenge. Man did he do a kick ass job. I smirked, I laughed, and I loved it. If you would like a good laugh about this too, read his piece here:

2. For more laughing, you can ALWAYS count on Andrew Knott. He never fails to make me laugh out loud when he writes humor pieces. This one about the carpool line is so freakin good. Read it here:

3. Though I think Reuben Salsa mostly writes satire and humor, this piece is not that, which is one reason why I love it. It’s very real and even a little vulnerable. I’ve gotten to know Reuben a bit recently, and even though he doesn’t sound like a stereotypical soccer hooligan as I had hoped and dreamed, he is incredibly kind and genuine. This piece about his father shows a different side of Reuben we don’t often see in his more fiery pieces. I really enjoyed it, and I hope you do too:

4. I am lucky to say that Adam, Diabetic Cyborg is a friend of mine — he is a wonderful person, and an inspiration. He writes such wonderful pieces of wisdom, typically inspired by Buddhism. He is one of the reasons I started Thankful Thursdays, and I am extremely grateful for Adam. This piece, though, is particularly special to me because of the connection to art. Though I have struggled to identify myself as an artist, it’s undeniable at this point. Art is a huge part of my life. Adam sees and value of art — it is more than decoration. Please read his piece here:

5. Oh boy, Meaghan Ward — boy do I relate to this. I have been dragging my feet to get freelance work, or to find any other new job, and a lot of it has to do with similar issues. The saying goes that you don’t leave jobs, you leave people, and I believe that so much at this point. Meaghan did a fantastic job capturing the fear of re-entering the world of looking for employment when you’ve had really bad previous experiences. Read her article here:

6. Tapan Avasthi ⛄️ wrote this poem in response to Christina Ward 👻’s prompt, “reveal.” I know this wasn’t an easy poem to write, but the results are hauntingly beautiful. Sometimes, memories are just too painful, and to go there it takes time. If you can relate, read and support Tapan’s work here:

7. My good friend Nicole Rivera joins to poetry community here on Medium with this poem. I believe this poem was written during the course of OctPoRhyMo, though I also believe the true inspiration is her love for her son. Nicole doesn’t typically write poetry, but this one is extremely touching. Read her poem here:

8. Last weekend, I met someone who was 23. He was dynamic, charismatic, and full of energy, though I didn’t at all expect that he was only 23. We talked about life, and where it was taking him. He was full of Big Questions. It made me feel the weight of time passing by, and I began to think about where I was when I was 23. Those musings inspired my recent poem, 23:

I feel like 23 is such a pivotal age. If you go to college right out of high school, you are typically 2 years out of college when you’re 23. You’re just starting to really learn to be an adult. Many big decisions are made around the age of 23.

So, all of this inspired me to write up a little informal prompt, asking others on social media where they were at 23, and what 23 meant to them. What I’m finding out is that I’m not alone — for many people, 23 is significant.

Here are some of the responses so far:

“14th Is the Most Painful” by Rajesh Vairapandian

"Twenty-Three Years to Get to Here” by Gretchen Lee Bourquin

“At Twenty Three” by Elaine Hamilton

“Where Were You at 23?” by Jonica Bradley

Anyone is still free to respond in a poem, and if you tag me, I will support you, and will likely add you to my Thankful Thursday post next Thursday.

Thank you to those who are a part of Thankful Thursday Post 13! Thank you to each of you for putting your work into the Medium community, allowing me to read it, and making my life a little brighter. You are wonderful — I am thankful for you.

Please read and support each other’s work — that means the world to me.

Also, here is my Facebook Live video recording from this morning. I talked about my gratitude practice, the fact that it’s a beautiful sunny day here in Baltimore, and that I’m thankful October is almost over. I call October “candy corn October” because it’s the only month my husband and I are allowed to eat candy corn. We are both feeling the affects of having so much sugar and corn syrup in our diets, and are looking forward to going back to our healthier foods.

I also talked about the 30 day challenge I’m doing, and I’m thankful to those who are joining me. The thirty day challenge is for clarity, self-knowledge, and growth. For more information, please feel free to read about it here. If you are interested in participating in this challenge, please feel free to leave a comment below, or message me directly on instagram or facebook.

If you would like to watch this Thursday’s video, you can see it here:

Until next time, I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Thank you for reading!

Sam Kimberle is a Writer, Poet and Artist. Her primary creative mediums are words and clay. She received her B.A. from Dickinson College in Religion and Philosophy, M.A. from Temple University in Comparative Religion, and J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Instagram: Sam Kimberle, Facebook: Sam Kimberle, Writer Creative Entrepreneur

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