There are a lot of things I have to be thankful for in my life. I’ve got a roof over my head, food on my table, a nearly completed college education and some of the best friends I could ever ask for in life. I’m thankful for the money I have in my wallet, the hundreds of books on my shelves that I’m capable of reading and the torn up jeans that I have the option of wearing, because I know I can always buy more.
But mostly, on this holiday, I’m thankful for the loving family who has been there to support me, encourage me and motivate me throughout my life. Without them, I wouldn’t be the strong or intelligent young woman that I am today. That depth of gratitude I have for the people in my life hit me a little harder today. It might be because I’ve realized that, come May, I’m graduating from college and heading off into a whole new world of adventures on my own and yet I’m still going to have this solid backing of four of the most amazing people I know.
Or it might have just been because we sat around the dining room table in my grandmother’s house laughing until we cried and just making fun of each other because that’s what we do. And that we spent our first Thanksgiving without my grandfather remembering him by mentioning him in fond stories and joking that he was trying to cause a near turkey disaster from beyond the grave because that’s just something he would find funny. It’s these little things that I’m so thankful to have in my life. And I’m thankful that they don’t just come around on holidays and special occasions, but that they happen all the time.
So even if you’re upset with the outcome of the election, that you’re stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic or even if your turkey burnt, I hope you remember that if you’re lucky enough to have amazing people who love and care for you sitting in the seats next to you, then you’re the luckiest person in the world.
Have a happy Thanksgiving, everyone!