This month I am taking part in The Thankful Project, hosted by Chasing Happy. You can read all about it here.
Today’s prompt is words and man, there are so many things I can say about words. Words have power – no matter what form they’re in. It can be words spoken from someone we love, the words in a book, the lyrics to a song. Anything. I think I can easily say that words have had a huge impact on my life, in a variety of formats.
First, let’s talk about the most obvious form of words – books. I am so, so thankful for books. When I was younger and awkward and had no friends, books were my life. I would easily read a book a day. Books opened my mind, expanded my horizons, and made sure to let me know I wasn’t alone. I connected with some of my closest friends over books, namely Harry Potter. The one book that stands out in my mind, more than any other, as having changed my life is Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert. If my house was on fire, that is the first thing I’d grab. It completely changed how I thought about so many things. I still reread it every few months and have forced the majority of my friends to as well.
Then there is music. I am so, so thankful for music and, specially, the lyrics to music. There are so many lyrics that have connected with me on a personal level, shown me that I was not alone, and made so many bad days good. Songs like Sometimes You’re the Hammer, Sometimes You’re the Nail by A Day to Remember, A Match into Water by Pierce the Veil, and Steadfast by The Color Morale have had a huge impact on my life and I am so thankful that I always have music to turn to.
Finally, and maybe most importantly, I am so thankful for the words that my friends have spoken to me. Words like those that inspired this post, words as simple as “I love you”. Actions may speak louder than words but sometimes it’s the words that you need to hear.
What words are YOU thankful for?