We don’t really officially celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in this part of the world, but if it were up to me, every country should, or at least have something akin to Thanksgiving. The simple values of gratitude and humility this Thursday teaches are just too precious to skip. The turkey, too.
There are lots to be thankful for, every day of the year. Once in a while, it is good to really take a pause and think about all of these little and big things that make it so good to be alive. So official or not, there is no stopping me from celebrating one full day of pure, unadulterated appreciation for everything.
So on my Thankful For list this year:
- Age. I am mature enough to make big life-changing decisions for myself and young enough to enjoy life to the fullest – with a proper life and medical insurance to afford to break a bone or two. Being in my 20s, I know I have made mistakes and am bound to make a few more and should start to be more cautious in everything, but isn’t all that part and parcel of living? A friend of mine put it best, “I fear that I am no longer allowed to make youthful mistakes. The only consolation is knowing that I am always younger this year than next. Better make that mistake today than next year.”
- Relationships. I have the best family ever and the most trusting, loving, supportive (…tell you what, fill infinitely with positive boyfriend adjectives) partner and best friend in all the world. Every afternoon, I am blessed with the smile (or sometimes, the tantrums) of my beautiful 1-year old niece, and I have the cutest, cuddliest panda (stuffed, no I did not smuggle a near endangered/vulnerable, conservation reliant animal) to hug every night. I have the most precious friends who treated me like a baby at 16 and still treats me like one at 27 (Well, that’s not at all times good, but you won’t believe how gratitude-worthy that is for all the rides home when I’m too drunk to drive.)
- Choices. I have been allowed to make age-appropriate choices throughout my entire life, but there’s one thing to add to that now – the courage to really make a choice. I am glad and thankful I found that, and ever since, my life has really changed considerably, from food in the fridge to sleeping habits to career choices.
Where there is so much to love about life, there is so much to be thankful for. Definitely, you have your choices and actions that put you where you are right now. But also, it would be good to note that life is not all you (or me). Everything at the moment, this exact place you’re at is the collective product of your environment, the people around you, perhaps even karma. So there's never an okay time to be an ungrateful little thing in this big, big universe.
After taking the time to contemplate on the things I am thankful for, the second part of this holiday’s program is acknowledging the people I am thankful to for many things. Stay tuned!