Another year, another chunk of memories- good, bad and ugly- to be locked up and away as you fill in the last few entries in your diary. It’s around this time of year, all the nostalgia starts settling in and we make lists of what all we accomplished, didn’t manage to get, and even the things we lost in the fire.
And that’s okay.
But, instead of focusing on the negative, I’d like to list a few things we should be thankful for. As should you:
1) I’m thankful for the air in my lungs and the strength in my feet.More than anything this year, I’m thankful for health and wellbeing of me and my family. That despite everything we may have faced, otherwise, none of us had to deal with any ailments, or injuries or accidents.
2) I’m thankful for my teachers, professors and advisors, who-though, I may not always agree with- are my strongest supporters, and make me strive for success, teaching me every single day of determination and perseverance.
3)I’m thankful for all the opportunities I was presented with this year- each one bringing a new set of challenges with it, and demanding more and more of my attention, until I decided to embrace them.
4) I’m thankful for all my mistakes, because they remind me that you may be king, but you’re not invincible. They keep me humble, responsible and respectful- telling me that nothing is constant, and that the things that are the hardest, are generally those that are worth it.
5) I’m thankful for all the books I read, and the movies I watched, and the holidays I enjoyed- allowing me to detach from the commotion around me, and focus my energies on my loved ones. These are those precious moments I’ll put on the top of my list of memories, as self evaluation this year.
6) I’m thankful for my home- that keeps me safe, warm and nice. Here, I’m free of all and any pressure from society, it’s a little part of this huge world where I can be myself- my pajama wearing, junk food eating, messy hair( and zero concern about it), lots of crying, sitting by the window and trying to figure out if the shiny thing up in the sky is indeed a space ship, self.
7) I’m thankful for all the people that I met this year, and those that I finally allowed myself to let go of- because, too often do we chain ourselves to what we want our heart to believe- our desires and hopes- and too often do we forget that not everyone and everything we need, can be given to us. So, why not accept what’s in front of us? And, you never know, life may surprise you!
8) I’m thankful for my job- and it honestly is the best job, writing. For what seems like a very long time, I wrote about my struggles as to what I wanted to do, in my journals, and how I never really felt like I fit in my chosen profession. Until, I figured out that writing about my struggles, is all I was really loved! And, it opened gates for me- changing my perspective and blowing me away, simultaneously.
9) I’m thankful for my family- because I know for a fact, that no achievement or failure, no problem or solution, can be dealt with, without your family. No matter how far you go, or how great you become, your family will love you the very same!