While Thanksgiving may be over and the focus shifts from Black Friday deals to Christmas, I continue to recognize the many things in my life that I am grateful for on a daily basis. So often this holiday is seen as simply a prequel to Christmas with food, football and shopping on the side, rather than a day to focus on one’s blessings. As a society, we get wrapped up in the little things. As a graduate student I too get wrapped up in the little things – all while complaining my lack of sleep. Instead I should be grateful that I am able to continue my higher education, something not granted to everyone, a full refrigerator and closet, among many other things. As Thanksgiving of 2015 passes here is a list of 15 things I am thankful for, not on just a random Thursday, but every day.
- My family: without my parents and sisters I would be nothing.
- My grandmothers and their health: while their health may not be perfect, at least they are still here and I have the fortune to continue to learn from them.
- Kansas State: the place that has made me the person I am meant to be, and the many opportunities it has provided me.
- My support system: lifelong friends, mentors, coworkers who continue to show me what it means to be a good person and how to help others.
- My education: each teacher from the past and present have taught me so much more than standard curriculum and theories, and I value each one of these lessons.
- My job and future career: where I can use my strengths to help others achieve their potential and watch them develop into their own, all while looking forward to “going to work.”
- My apartment: a small one-bedroom studio offers me my own tiny piece in this world.
- Kansas City: my hometown that provides me and so many others hometown pride.
- Mother Nature herself: the daily beauty, between sunrises and sunsets, multicolored leaves, star-filled skies and changing seasons, I find myself amazed at it all.
- Advent Lutheran Church: my hometown church that has taught me to love others, forgive others, and that grace alone is enough.
- Running: a new hobby picked up this year that allows me to push myself farther than I could have imagined.
- TV shows and music: mental escapes that provide laughs, tears and every emotion in between.
- Piles of books: fiction, non-fiction, biographies or textbook all continue to pull me in and open new worlds for me.
- Social media: not to get the most likes, but to connect with and learn from others around the world.
- My alarm clock: which allows me to begin a new day, every day.