Plenty to be thankful for
This is the first time in my young life that I am not home for Thanksgiving. I won’t be sitting around the table with my 15-20 family members that always come to visit. I won’t tasting the exciting beers my uncle always brings up from Virginia. I’ll be missing all the great food and the pie and the shouted conversations that go along with this wonderful holiday. I am sad thinking about it, but honestly, I thought I would be a lot more homesick when Thanksgiving came around. I think there are two reasons why I’m finding it easy not to think about too much. First, there are absolutely no signs of Thanksgiving here and no one has really heard of it. It’s easy not to think about what you’re missing if you hardly remember that it is even happening. Second, where I’m from, Thanksgiving is a cold weather holiday. Where I am right now, the daily average temperature is still in the 80s (or around 27 Celsius). Combined, it just doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving. So although I am sad to be missing Thanksgiving, it’s been a lot easier than I anticipated.
That being said, Thanksgiving is still an opportunity to practice gratitude. I often reiterate to myself reasons why I am grateful, however in this adjustment period I have sometimes forgotten this important act. So although I won’t be sharing the day with my wonderful family back home I wanted to quickly remind myself and my readers that there is plenty to be thankful for on this special day and every other day. Here are just a few.
1. I have a wonderful family that loves and supports me no matter where I am or what I’m doing.
Honestly the hardest part about being away is not getting to see these wonderful people today.
2. I am healthy and safe.
There are so many people that cannot wake up and say this every day. I know I am truly privileged in this way and I hope that others remember this fact is their own lives. If there’s anything life constantly reminds us of, and especially these past few weeks, it’s that life can be fragile. The world is not always a safe place. Be grateful for your health and the things that are easy to take for granted.
3. I’m living how I want to be living.
Though it may not be exactly how I pictured, I chose this course and I’m going to make this portion of my life the best it can be.
4. I believe in myself.
And you should too.
That is all. Please forgive my sappiness and have a wonderful Thanksgiving no matter where you may be.