Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. If you’re fortunate enough to have a huge loving family that cooks delicious food and enjoys spending time together it’s hard not to consider this holiday to be the most wonderful time of the year. I have always been the type of person that tries to reflect on what I’m thankful for on a regular basis, but more so on this particular holiday. Because of the state of the world we’re currently living in, and the unfortunate reality that many people don’t have what I have, and some never will, I feel that it’s something I should do.
More often than I like to admit I take for granted how blessed I am to live in the country I live in, to have a support system, to be in good health, and to have the freedom and opportunity to make whatever I want to make of myself and for the most part do quite literally whatever I want to do. I find myself getting caught up in wanting everything in my life to be easy and perfect, and actually have the nerve to complain about some of the stupidest things I can think of.
I recently lost a dog that had been a part of my family for twelve years. He was right by my side from the end of my childhood, all throughout my teenage years and into my early adulthood. I feel like he went on the journey with me and on many occasions was the shoulder I cried on. Grieving that loss reminded me of how fragile life is, and reiterated to me how important it is to appreciate everything and every moment because they very easily could be taken away from us.
I would encourage everyone to make a gratitude list and reflect on it as often as you remember to. Putting your focus on the good things in life does wonders for your mental health and clarity.