I’m going to take a serious moment on the blog today. Much of my writing and my life is usually me joking around, throwing out sarcastic comments, and bemoaning my first world problems. But Thanksgiving is a holiday that I take very seriously. I know that in my day-to-day life I struggle to take time to be grateful for the people and things I have in my life. I would never describe myself as “mindful.” So I take Thanksgiving as a very serious day for me to spend at least one day out of the year truly reflecting on all that I have to be thankful for.
Living in Philadelphia, in the city with the highest poverty rate per capita of any large city in the US, I’m faced with homelessness, poverty, hunger, and anger everyday. Most days I shrink away from thinking of these topics because it makes me uncomfortable. I don’t know what it’s like to not have access to healthy food everyday. I don’t know what it’s like to bounce around from house to shelter. I don’t know what it’s like to be part of a system that routinely disservices me because of my class, race, or zipcode. I don’t know what it’s like to not have the safety net of parents who have money to bail me out, were I ever to need it. And it’s scary for me to really accept that those are issues that people I see every day are living through.
Things I am thankful for…
1. My luck of the draw
I’m thankful that I was born into a loving, suburban, middle class family. This is something I never earned or had to work for, and I believe it is those things, things that came to us by sheer luck, that we need to be most thankful for.
2. My Family
I have two parents who love my sisters and me unconditionally (and yes, we have all tested their love for us at one time or another). I have two really smart parents who have a strong marriage and raised us to be smart, headstrong, high achieving women.
3. My Boyfriend
I don’t mean to sound cliche with this one, but Nick, is truly my best friend and the best guy I have ever met. He challenges me to think broader and be more mindful (always working on that one). He is the kind of guy that as I look at him from across the room while he’s talking with friends, my heart beats a little faster at the thought that of all the people in the world, he chose me to spend his time with.
4. My Friends
I am lucky to have somehow been able to surround myself with a group of smart, witty, caring, empathetic, and mature people. I have friends whom I can both look up to and share advice with. I have also been able to connect with some many great (mostly women) bloggers and TIU ladies through social media. I count you all as my friends (I’m in introvert, online friends count) and I love how we can inspire, lift each other up, and make each other laugh.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and spend it with the people you love and who love you even more. Happy Thanksgiving!