Holidays

Take a Moment to Truly Be Thankful

Let’s face it: It’s so easy to take life for granted. We’re just so used to our routines, so busy with our daily lives, that it becomes that much easier for us to overlook things. We tend not to give the little things in life much significance, and because of that, life can feel monotonous at times. It’s normal. We’re only human. I’m certainly guilty of taking my life for granted and often complaining much more than I should rather than embracing everything I have, all the wonderful and seemingly terrible things.

The truth is, though, it really is important to stop and reflect on everything that’s great in our lives, especially on Thanksgiving. Although life isn’t perfect, and even unfair at times, we’re all struggling in some way or fighting certain battles. That’s why we need to remember the things that make us push forward, the things that keep us filled with hope and happiness and love and sheer gratitude, the things that unfortunately not everyone is as lucky to have.

I’m blessed with a wonderful family. They say you can’t choose your family, which is absolutely true.  My family’s certainly far from perfect. We argue and get on one another’s nerves, but all I know is, I wouldn’t trade my family for the world, and I absolutely mean that with all my heart. Our dynamic has changed over the years as we’ve all gotten older, but what never changes is the unconditional love we have for each other and always will.

I’m grateful that I have a roof over my head. I’m beyond grateful that I have an internship now, especially after I spent those past several months after graduation driving myself crazy trying to find a job.

I’m grateful that I have not only the ability, but the opportunities to pursue my lifelong dreams. I may get frustrated or angry or sad or discouraged at times, but I’m just living my life, still learning and challenging myself by pushing myself to be open to new experiences. I’m thankful for all the people in my life, the few friends that I plan to keep in my life forever.

I’m grateful for the fact that I still have the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them. I’m thankful to be alive, that I’m pursuing my goals one step at a time. I’m thankful that I get to celebrate the holidays with the people that mean the most to me in the world.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.

-Ali

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