5 Kinds Of People In My Life That I Am Grateful For

5 Kinds Of People In My Life That I Am Grateful For

Christmas is just around the corner, make sure to include thanks on your shopping list.

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It's that time of year again! Time for lights, gifts, snow, holiday parties, but the most important of all: family. Through special times like these, there is nothing better than spending it with those you love. They are there every other day of the year, but during the holidays is when you truly get to enjoy their presence and give back to them for all that they have done for you. Sometimes giving a material present isn't possible, but just being there is more than enough.

1. My Mom and Dad

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You two are the best. Never in my life have I felt alone knowing that I have you two in my corner. It doesn't matter whether if we are 200 miles away or 2 feet away, I always know you are just a facetime call away. You guys are my loudest and most supportive fans. Thank you for always putting our family first, I love you guys.

2. My siblings

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The three of you never fail to make me laugh or put a smile on my face. I enjoy the all the calls for help with homework and to inform me of your day at school. I am always down for runs out to get ice cream and French fries. I might be a little bossy and overprotective, but it's because I love you.

3. My friends

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You know who you are. The time I spend with all of you is what I cherish most. From parties on Wednesday nights to staying in on Fridays to watch Netflix to night shifts at the hockey rink, all of these remind of the unwavering support and love you guys give me. No matter where or when I will always be there for you guys with open arms. I have no idea how you guys put up with me, but I'm thankful that you guys somehow find the strength to do it.

4. My roommates

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It's been a fun time. I know I am not a very social person and a very awkward person, but I thank you guys for being so nice to let me live with you guys. At times it may seem like I don't want to talk to you guys, but it's because I don't know what to say (I'm horrible at having conversations). Again, thank you for being so inviting and nice, I appreciate it more than you know.

5. Those people on the street that smile back

You know those people who smile at you for no reason and you just feel the need to smile back, that's who I am talking about. I may not know who they are but the fact that they just put a small amount of effort to smile and make someone's day makes them all the more important. I know when I am feeling sad, a smile from a nice person makes me feel like maybe the world isn't so bad.

So there is my letter of appreciation to the people who have a part in my life, whether I mentioned you or not, everyone deserves to know that there is someone out there that cares. Go out and tell your loved ones that you are grateful for all their love and support, that is the greatest gift you could give to them.

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17 Signs You Grew Up Irish

Irish and proud!
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With a name like Shannon Elizabeth Ryan many people right away sarcastically ask the question "you're not Irish are you?" I always laugh and jokingly say nope not at all. I'm extremely proud of my Irish heritage, but what does it mean to be Irish?

Here are 17 signs you grew up Irish:

1. You have a distinct Irish name: first or last

Shannon, Elizabeth, Michael, Patrick, Sean, James, Ryan, Riley, Mahony, Murphy. Extra points if your last name begins with O', Mac or Mc.

2. You have been called a "potato head" or towhead as a child

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"What a bunch or potato heads!" Meaning you were really Irish or really blonde or both.

3. You were raised Catholic

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Catholic school, mass every Sunday. Oh and you were most likely an alter server or in the choir and can say the mass forward and backwards.

4. You have a love for potatoes of any kind.

Also, you may have read this book about a potato as a child.

5. You've been told, "Oh, you're Irish, you can hold your drinks."

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I mean it's in your blood, right?

6. Funeral, wedding, birthday you really can't tell the difference

Wedding? Get the whiskey. Oh, you said funeral?

... get the whiskey.

7. You know old Irish Songs and sing along with every note

"The Streets of New York," "Black Velvet Band," "Wild Rover," "Molly Malone," "Galway Girl," "Danny Boy," tell me ma all songs I remember being singing along with as a kid.

8. Your favorite holiday is St. Patrick's Day and you go all out

A day to show the world that there are only two types of people in the world: those who are Irish and those that wish they were.

9. You own a Celtic cross, Claddagh ring or any Irish knot jewelry and wear it often

You were most likely given that Celtic cross when you were born and got one for your First Holy Communion. The Claddagh was given by someone who loves you and Irish knots you can never go wrong with.

10. Two words: "soda" and "bread"

Some don't know that the cross made on the top of bread is to keep the devil away and protect the house.

11. You have a HUGE family and the parties and reunions that go along with it are just as big

My family is enormous and this is only half of it and I still don't know everyone.

12. There is no such thing as tanning

Unless you ware one of the blessed ones who do tan I'm extremely jealous. For the rest of us, we have two options pale or red there is no in-between.

13. You may not have the cleanest mouth or quietest voice

But you would never dare say a bad word in front of someone older than you. As for an indoor voice, it's non-existent.

14. You can successfully pull off an “Irish Exit" and then have to explain to your friends the next day what exactly that is when they ask where you went

Basically means you leave the party without anyone knowing.

15. At one point in your life, you've said, “Jesus, Mary, and Joseph" if something went wrong

I heard this a lot growing up and I catch myself saying it every now and again.

16. The only college football team you root for is Notre Dame

I mean is there any other, Let's Go Fighting Irish!

17. Lastly, you are extremely proud of your Irish heritage

We are Irish. We are taught to be strong, have faith in God and learn how to party and have fun. Erin Go Bragh!

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As I Get Older, I Care Less And Less About My Birthday

It doesn't hold the same meaning as it did when I was younger.

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Every year people celebrate their birthday. It's an exciting day for most as you get some gifts and cake and spend it with friends and family. I used to love my birthday. I loved that on that one day, the spotlight was on me. People had to care about me. As I've gotten older though, I found myself caring less and less about my birthday. It's not a day I get excited about.

I've always had a love/hate relationship with my birthday anyway, given that it's on Valentine's Day. So I've always had to share my birthday with all that love and people wanting to spend it with their partner. I believe that the dislike side has grown as well because as I get older and my friends get older, they are all finding someone to be with or starting a family. Therefore, they have someone they want to spend the day with. They want to celebrate with them, not me. I've always had to battle Valentine's Day.

I believe that once you've hit a lot of major milestone birthdays (i.e first, 16th, 18th, 21st) there isn't much to look forward to. It's just another year added to your life.

You realize more and more that you're just getting older.

I'm generally a simple person as well. I don't want a huge party, I don't want fancy gifts, and I really hate people singing to me. I like having the attention, but hate it at the same time. It's a weird feeling to explain. You want to be loved, but don't want it all at once. I don't want all eyes on me.

Of course, there will always be certain parts of my birthday that I really like and do look forward to. My mom gets me the heart-shaped donuts from Dunkin' every year on my birthday. She never forgets because I don't give her the chance to. I always remind her. I do like the fact that I can ask for something, and more often than not get it because it's my birthday.

I don't mean like big gifts either. I mean that I can ask that we have what I want for dinner. That I can ask my mom to spend some one on one time with me. Simple things that I don't usually get.

I don't hate my birthday, I just don't feel as much excitement as I did growing up. It's just another day of the year.

There's just too much effort you have to put into your birthday as you grow older as well. You usually have to plan something yourself, which I don't want to do. I have no idea what I'm supposed to do because I don't want a party and there isn't anything special I ever wish to do. Even if I did want to plan a party inviting people would be a nightmare and trying to make it work for different people is a hassle.

I just think that as you get older, birthday's just aren't worth the trouble.

So, I've accepted the fact that I just don't care. I will enjoy the little things about it, but I won't make a big fuss. It's just another day.

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