I haven’t checked in on a Thankful Tuesday in a while. Today I’m thankful for me. I know,  that sounds a little pompous. I don’t mean it that way, I definitely know I am not God’s gift to the world. I am thankful for all that I have, all that I am, all that I have overcome and my life experiences. Most importantly I am thankful for the bad times. The bad has taught me to appreciate the good. Being imperfect is perfectly alright. As long as I’m flawed and learning from my mistakes I still have a horse in the race. Isn’t that the whole point of the race?
I’m thankful for all the people who have stuck by me through it all, I’m grateful for the people who doubted me. I’m working on being thankful for the loved ones I’ve lost, but I’m just not there yet. It’s not easy letting go, even if someone you love is suffering. I know one day I’ll even be thankful for the losses because someway somehow they will also make me better.

I don’t always like the hand I’ve dealt myself. In fact, I am a horrible dealer. Somehow I always manage to land on my feet, and that is an achievement. I am my own worse enemy. That probably is not a trait most people are thankful for. As they say in New Orleans, ” If you can’t do me worse than I can do me, what I gonna worry about you for.” No it’s not grammatically correct, but you know what I’ve learned a lot in Cajun Country, some of what I learned is to just stop running from what I already know is truth. Life is about dealing and moving on to the next challenge.

Today I’m thankful I have another chance to do just that. Love, Peace and Style.

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Veteran sports and entertainment journalist, Karintha Styles holds court at the intersection of sports and pop culture. Seamlessly she weaves common sense, tough love, and quick wit through her writing and commentary. Currently, she hosts Week N Sports and Styles & Kaikai with Elizabeth Kaikai. You can find the Detroit native’s work on numerous media outlets including Fox Sports, Yahoo Sports, BET, iHeart Media, and Hoops Habit.

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