Thanksgiving is truly a time to be close to family, be thankful of what you have, even if it doesn’t seem like much.

My entire life was spent struggling to survive as much as possible with my family. From being in a divorced family, a father who wasn’t there, being a child of rape, being homeless, having to live in a home with no furniture and stealing food to make sure our mother didn’t have to spend money on us. Now those things are awfully difficult to say, especially in a public place, but with a time of reflection, sometimes we realize what we are truly grateful for.

Over the course of 6 years, I have had the blessing of meeting the people who would eventually become my extended family. Everyone at The Fan’s P.O.V. has been my support, my family in tough times. To be given an opportunity to go to conventions, meet cosplayers and people who share the same interests as me, interests that when I was a child was afraid of sharing. My friends, my family has helped me grow into a person who shouldn’t be afraid of being myself, and for that I am truly grateful.

I am grateful that I am able to help create content that people smile and enjoy, that people see and recognize as us. I am grateful for my health and ability to do what I enjoy doing. I am grateful for my actual family, who hold me up when I feel that I can’t anymore, without them, I wouldn’t be here writing this to you all.

I am grateful for Sriracha existing, for causing me joy and pain at the same time. I’m grateful for lactaid pills for existing so I can eat Mac and cheese. Overall, I am grateful for you all, for allowing me to be able to write this today.