Hey y’all and happy Thanksgiving (if you celebrate)! In my family, like in many others, we have a tradition of saying what we’re thankful for before anyone is allowed to shove any food in their mouth. And every year I give the same generic answers: family and friends. Yes, I am wildly grateful for them (few things make me happier than visiting my parents and brothers), but I would love to be able to add to the list! So here are 5 things that I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving in addition to my family and friends!
I don’t think I’ve ever really talked about this on the blog before, but I had a minor (or maybe not so minor) health scare around this time last year. I won’t go into full detail, but my doctor was like, “Hey! What do you know about blood clots, because you probably have one!” Then I kind of turned into that shocked Pikachu meme. Yes, it was disappointing news, but I’ve felt pretty fine all year and am so grateful for that!
While I rarely talk about my health, I do talk about how much I hate graduate school. This being said, I am really grateful that I even get to go there. I’m a first generation college student and while my parents are nowhere near as affluent as my classmates’ parents, it’s no accident that I ended up in college. A lot of my undergraduate and graduate studies have been dedicated to studying education inequity, so I definitely know that growing up in the suburbs and going to a suburban school really set the college train in motion for me.
I’m grateful that I got to travel this year, but I’m even more grateful that someone else in my family got to. My mom doesn’t get to see her family that often because they live pretty far away. I think she’s only visited them 2 or 3 times in the whole 22 years that I have been alive. She’s spending this Thanksgiving with them, and while I am sad that I won’t get to monopolize her time, I am glad that they will!
The one thing that no one ever tells you when you go on a journey to semi-wokeness is that knowing about the world is depressing, because the world is truly a depressing place. That being said, I am still very hopeful that things are changing, even when they seem like they’re not. For example, I was really bummed out after the elections, but then I read this CNN article that literally brought me to tears (minus the section on my home state, TN). Progress is always in the making as long as you are open to seeing it!
I’m not very wise, but I have the opportunity to surround myself with wisdom from others. I have wise parents, wise friends, and wise mentors all around me. This has also been my year of podcasts, so I’m learning new things all the time. It’s challenging and frustrating to open myself up to new ideas and to learn to think in new ways, but it’s completely worth it if it leads to personal growth.
What are you thankful for?
Thanks for reading!
Until next time, have an awesome rest of your day and an amazing rest of your week!