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This time of year is definitely one of my favorites (minus the weather). We get so many great holidays including my favorite one of all, Thanksgiving. Good food, good music, and good people; the only things I need to be happy. It’s one of the rare times in the year that I really just sit back and reflect. As I reflect, I realize that man I’ve been blessed.  Despite all of the ups and the downs, the personal struggles and loss, the heartbreaks, and looking at where I’m at and where I want to be (still got a long way to go), I have so much to be thankful for.

When I say I have a lot to be thankful for, I’m not just talking about the obvious things. Things like being able to see another day, or having all of these amazing opportunities, or having good health; I’m talking about all these people in my life who hold me down to the fullest. Don’t get me wrong, I’m extremely thankful for everything else, more so than I can properly put into words, but it’s the people behind the scenes that never get enough credit.

Being an overseas basketball player I’m gone out of the country for 8-9 months out of the year with breaks, if any, few and far in between. On top of that I run my own brand and websites that I’ve built myself from the ground up. It can be a consuming lifestyle that leads to long, late hours, a lot of time alone, and not much time for anything else. I can’t even recall how many marathon coding sessions I’ve had where I’ve forgotten to eat and drink for what has seemed like days, til the point I physically and mentally couldn’t continue. Not because I had some deadline I needed to hit or because someone told me I had to, but because that’s how I’m wired. When I’m passionate about something it consumes me and everything else can get lost in the haze.

For all the people I’ve been in contact with far too little, for all the special moments I’ve missed, and for all the times I’ve been there, ‘but not really there’, you’ve always been there. Whether I thought I needed you or not, whether we talked two days ago or two months ago, and whether I’ve reciprocated the love or not. You may not understand my obsessions but you understand their importance. I just hope you understand your importance, and I hope one day to show you my world, as I’ve built it.

So to all the ones who are still a part of my life, to all my family, whether by blood or by bond, I only have two words to say.

Thank you.

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