I know, I know, Thanksgiving is an American thing and we don't really celebrate it here, except that I am. And also, I think it's a wonderful concept, to remember to be thankful for the things we have at least once a year, if not every year.
Things I Am Thankful For 2014 (and in general) - not in any particular order.
- A job that I really have fun doing. Anyone who knows me knows that I have been through many different jobs and various fields but nothing really stuck. Until now, this is the first job (other than my brief stint at the now-defunt Borders Books) that I look forward to going to work at. It is truly quite amazing to feel like my ideas and opinions matter. I am just very excited to go to work each day (okay maybe not on Mondays) because whatever I do has a direct impact and it's awesome. The team is amazing and we are like a family. Going to work THEN school is a breeze because of how understanding my boss is about my educational priorities. I am so very thankful for that.
- Food, shelter, water. This is the usual thing and very clichéd I know but we need to remember that not everyone in the world has access to these things. I was watching a documentary about the clean water initiative in Africa and after which, I was in the shower and just marvelled at the fact that I was using litres of clean water to rinse my hair TWICE while some kid in the the other side of the world has to make do with the same volume of water for an entire week.
- Friends. Three years ago I would have never thought that I would have such a supportive network of friends I could rely on for the best laughs and advice. I don't see them as much as I would love to but I do like to make time for the few I count my favourite friends. :D Thank you for hanging out, everyone.
- Family. I know that very often, family is a sore spot for me, but I am not going to allow one person to ruin the whole term for me. I am very glad to be in regular contact with my brother and helping him with his life decisions. I am also very thankful for my grandmother and uncle, whom I stay with, they provide a very safe and calm environment for me to thrive in and I am very very very thankful for that.
- The Internet & Technology. The internet has brought me the job I now love. The Internet has brought me friends I would other have never met. The internet allows me to share my thoughts, both important and lame puns, with the world. The Internet allows me access to 95% of the music I listen to on Spotify, 80% of the TV shows I follow on Netflix and Hulu Plus. My iPhone 6 takes the most amazing photos (any lack in the photos I post is a result of my inexperience and nonexistent eye for pretty things).
And now I am on my way to get some breakfast before picking up some pies for Thanksgiving at my bosses' place later tonight. I hope you will find it in your heart to think about the things you are thankful for, not just once a year but as often as you can. There are many things to be unhappy about if we so choose, but what is the fun in that?