For those in the US today, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving. If you’re elsewhere in the world, allow us to send our best wishes and a hearty thank you for taking the time to read. It has become a bit of a tradition at this time of year for us to say thank you, and take stock in what we are thankful for. Instead of doing a combined list, we decided to each write a little something this time.
For me, this has been a year full of adjustments – but one that I’m also thankful for, both personally and fandom-wise.
I struggle when it comes to knowing what exactly to say about Duran Duran. I am obviously very thankful I fell in love with them at the age of ten. I’m also thankful they continue to make amazing music. I’m thankful Paper Gods is out. It is beautiful and I continue to be very proud of them. In a year that has been a personal struggle for me, I desperately needed to escape into the music just to stay sane, and the band came through, as always. Thank you for continuing to challenge me to broaden my definition of what IS Duran Duran, even if it took me a while to “get it”. I am so thankful that I was able to see them a few times this year – they came at a point in time that I really needed, and I’m glad I had the opportunity. (Big thanks to you, Amanda) It’s funny, I don’t think I take the band for granted as is, but I learned just HOW thankful I am for them on November 13…not just as a fan-girl, but as a real person. They matter in my world, and I wasn’t ready to lose them. Thank goodness they are safe.
On the blog front, I am so thankful for DDHQ! They keep us updated with what’s going on via social media and by doing so, they help us to do OUR job, and their hard work isn’t taken for granted. I am thankful for two people who took the time out of their own busy day to sit and talk with Amanda and I, and offer some very well-intended advice. I don’t want to name them, but I am hoping they know who they are. I needed to hear what they had to say and while I am sure I will continue to make mistakes, I appreciate the encouragement they continue to offer. “Thank you” doesn’t seem to even begin to cut it – and I can’t explain how much it helps knowing that people who have been in similar positions understand. I also very much appreciate the “learning opportunities” I’ve been given this year. Those moments did not go unnoticed. I am thankful that we have this blog, too. I’m proud of what we’ve created, and I especially appreciate that our writing resonates enough with people that our blogs get read. Lastly, thank goodness for my friendship with Amanda. She is the one completely loyal, unwavering pillar of support I really have and can always count on. This is the one major lesson I’ve learned this year: she’s got my back and I have hers, no matter what. For that, I’m eternally grateful.
Every year, at this time, I do like to stop, think about life and express my gratitude. This year is no different. In fact, I would say that it feels even more important this year as I feel like the big lesson of this year is truly to appreciate what I have as it can be easily taken from you. First and most importantly, I learned this through my parents. I didn’t learn it through example or some teachable moment that they captured as was when I was a kid. No, I learned it through my mom’s cancer diagnosis and my dad’s continuing health struggles. Luckily, both parents are doing as well as can be expected. My mom has completed treatment and we are very optimistic that all cancer is gone and will stay gone. My dad keeps up the daily battle of having a chronic condition with strength and courage. Truly, as much as they can drive me crazy and cause me to worry like no other, I’m extremely thankful that they are still here with me.
Interestingly enough, I also learned this lesson of appreciation through Duran Duran. A year ago, the album seemed impossibly far away with no real end in sight to the Durantime. A big part of me worried in the back of my mind about whether or not the album would ever be finished and would ever be released. I didn’t want to say goodbye to Duran and I worried that I might have been doing just that. This concern appeared to some to be negativity. It never was. My love and loyalty to the band never wavered but the fear of losing them was real. That fear of losing them returned in a huge way when they were in Paris on the date of the recent terrorist attacks. Thankfully, the band was fine and their career is doing well! I’m beyond thankful for that. The music they brought us this year did what good Duran Duran music is supposed to do. It made us feel and it made us think. It made us dance and feel good and it made us fall for their music all over again. As always, the live shows I attended only reinforced my love for the album and the band that I became a fan of over thirty years ago. I am definitely grateful for that!
Of course, the band has given me more than just a great album and some fabulous live shows. I have been given some of the best experiences of my life, on tour, and the motivation to do all that Daily Duranie does from writing to holding fan events. This year caused Rhonda and I to question ourselves and our purpose with this operation (or whatever you want to call it!). This questioning along with support from DDHQ and those who really understand our current position and take time for us made a huge difference in encouraging us to keep going and in giving us reassurance that we are on the right path. As Rhonda said, we still make mistakes but we are learning and will continue to learn with every new opportunity we are given. Lastly, I have to agree with Rhonda that I, too, am thankful for our friendship. It has only grown stronger through time and through this journey we have been on. It is a constant that gives us both strength and determination to continue on. We are very lucky to have found each other.