Although I’m English, and maybe because I’ve been overexposed to Friends from a young age, I’ve always liked the idea of Thanksgiving. I think being consciously grateful is so important, especially on the internet, which is filled with What I Got for Christmas and What I Got for my Birthday posts. I strongly believe that we should start celebrating, not what we’ve been wanting, but what we’re already content with. So here, in no particular order, are some things that I’m thankful for in November 2018.
I’m thankful for family
I’ll kick things off with the obvious ones; I’m thankful for my family. Having a family is something that, unfortunately, not everybody can say, and I’m lucky enough to say that I have the coolest one. I may be slightly biased, but they are ultimate squad goals, and I am genuinely grateful to have them in my life.
I’m thankful for friends
Making friends has never been my forte, especially throughout sixth form. I’m so lucky that I’ve actually got a solid group of friends now that make a concerted effort to be in my life (and don’t forget my birthday). Making good friends is a bit of a ‘right place at the right time’ thing, and it’s not something I take for granted.
I’m thankful for Bryn (my rabbit)
Although I am slightly allergic to him, I’m thankful for my rabbit, Bryn (named after Uncle Bryn from Gavin and Stacey, if you were wondering). Not only is he a fluffy ball of love, but having animals in your life is actually proven to make you happier and lower your stress levels, and Lord knows I’ve needed it over the past few years.
I’m thankful for literature
Literature is genuinely something I love so much. Ever since I was little, all I’ve wanted to do is read and write and read and write some more, and now that I have some more time for myself, this is something I’m really appreciating more than ever. I heard someone say the other day that, to work out what you should do with the rest of your life, you should reflect on what it was that brought you joy as a child, and for me that was, and has forever been, literature.
I’m thankful for where I live
This is something that I think a lot of people take for granted, but I’m extremely thankful to live in England in the 21st century. There’s so much that I just get, that other people haven’t had the luxury of. I get free healthcare, democracy, human rights, the list goes on. People spend a lot of time getting angry about current politics and everything that they don’t have, but it’s also important to remember how privileged we truly are.
I’m thankful for entertainment
This one is pretty broad, but I’m just really grateful for entertainment at the moment. I’m currently watching The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and it’s one of the best shows I’ve watched in a long time. I focus on reading a lot, but I think I often forget how inspiring other forms of entertainment can be.
I’m thankful for university
Deciding whether or not to go to university or just take a year off was a difficult one for me, but this summer really wasn’t the best time for me, and being able to take the course I did and make the friends that I have was really the best thing I could’ve done, and I’m in a much better place now because of it.
I’m thankful for Thanksgiving
I’m glad that there is a holiday dedicated specifically to being grateful. We’re in a particularly materialistic moment in human history, and it’s important to take a step back from what we want, and focus and reflect on what we already have. There’s a saying that goes, “It’s not about having what you want, it’s about wanting what you have,” and I think that’s very true.
I’m thankful for Christmas
I’m just really excited for Christmas, what can I say. The decorations are up, the markets are fully stocked, everything smells like cinnamon and figs and happiness. As they say, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.
I’m thankful for myself
Yes, I went there. I’m thankful for myself. I’m thankful for how hard I work and the things that I’ve done to better myself and reach my goals. Without getting too Eat, Pray, Love – life is a marathon, not a sprint, and I should appreciate what I’ve done and what I’m doing more.