I am fully aware of the problematic nature of this holiday. I acknowledge that I live on stolen land, and I honor the Ute, Cheyenne, Apache, Arapaho, and Shoshone, who were once numerous here.
I am a descendant of colonizers who destroyed and displaced Indigenous peoples on two continents. Furthermore, I am the grandchild of evangelical Christian missionaries who sought to civilize and save the souls of my mother’s people.
I cannot change this truth about who I come from. The past cannot be changed. I can only do the best that I can do from this moment on.
When you get a moment, please read this article about how many Indigenous people view this American holiday.
At the end, the author talks about how the idea of gratitude is one of the important things we can take way from the history of this day.
I am grateful for a great many things, but mostly I am grateful for all the amazing humans in my life, my family and friends who actively and wholeheartedly love and support me.
May you celebrate today with awareness and gratitude.
Be well my friends.