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Vail Daily column: What I’m thankful for

Greg Ziccardi

As the years go by, it seems to get more difficult to be thankful for things I used to be thankful for. For instance: I used to be thankful for shag carpet, five-cent beer nights and the ability to ski on 210s not very well.

I got a little older and lost a step. I couldn’t run the fast break on the basketball court more than twice in a period. I became much better yelling at youngsters rather than being one. I was thankful for that because all the time, there were no barriers and I knew I was in control of everything. Hell, my body was perfect and my mind was not worthy of others’ sentiment, beliefs or experience. (Or, look in the dictionary and you’ll see a picture of “the young and restless as the world turns around me.”

Mid-life crisis has extended itself to the point that some of us may need to live to be 135, but it still remains a believable outlook for the time being.

As I approach what may be my version of mid-life crisis, I sat down with a pad, a fancy writing utensil, lit up an exceptional cigar I think, poured or spilled some fancy brandy (trust me, I’ve never done all those things together) and jotted down 10 thoughts I’m absolutely, positively thankful for, I think, for now:

1. I ski better than some and not as good as others. I’m thankful I can still do it.

2. I’m free to do as I please as long as I remember to play by the rules at least 57 percent of the time.

3. There are three beautiful young adults in my life that continually make the mistakes I always have.

4. I live in the mountains. I drive a convertible and I still don’t believe I need a back-up four wheeler.

5. There are three beautiful young adults in my life that continually bring me joy for making a bad decision and then having the wisdom to fix what they broke.

6. Mistakes that once were something I could never recover from are now life experience. I can boast about it or say nothing; but I always know I can use it to my advantage.

7. I have far less money in the bank than most people I know and most people I know don’t hold that against me.

8. All the pieces of my body puzzle may not work together like they used to and yet I remain thankful. As a matter of fact, when given the chance, I delight to find not so many pieces are missing.

9. I wake up and truly believe politicians, world leaders and other groups of humans that have an agenda also have no chance of complete success.

10. In the “why waste time on a bad bet category,” I’ve stopped worrying so much about the people that don’t worry about me.

(I just put my cigar down, spilled another glass of brandy and read this back. It’s very “sermon like.” I’ll continue because it’s too late to edit now.)

So, whether you’re 20 to 30 years old or 31 to 45 or 46 to 72, believe we all have something to be thankful for. And in conclusion, if you think you got nothin’, remember that (fortunately) life is a living and breathing phenomenon which repairs and replaces itself as we go. If you got everything, remember (unfortunately) the same thing. Happy days, everyone.

Greg Ziccardi can be reached at

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