Nov 18, 2011 0 Share

Giving Thanks


Happy Thanksgiving card on table with candle.
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I have been thinking a lot lately about things that I am thankful for. This is by no means a complete list of things I am grateful for, but that would be almost impossible to put entirely into words.

I am thankful for my time in college. While it has brought its fair share of difficulties, I have learned a lot and I have been able to interact with a lot of smart, courteous, and very friendly people. I feel that I will be able to put a lot of what I have learned to good use as I continue to grow and move out into the world. Besides, I am near to completing college, so any pain I feel now will not be prolonged.

I am thankful for all of the support I have gotten from my family and friends. I have a large family, and we tend to see each other a lot during the year. I enjoy the time I spend with them because we have a great deal of fun together and it gives me a chance to practice my social skills with people I can trust. I also love spending time with my best friend who I see quite a bit. We also have a lot of fun together and share many interests. The people in my life have helped me to learn how to be polite, how to become a diligent worker, and how to best use my unique talents. I have done my best to repay them in kind, but I know I can never completely do so. I will always cherish all of the kind things that they have done for me so that I may be able to spread my wings.

I am thankful that I have been able to get the mail almost every day for as long as I can remember. Getting the mail has become a vital part of my daily routine. If I do not get it, then I feel out of sorts and unorganized. When everything is orderly, I feel content and confident that I can find my way through anything. I like keeping my room tidy, having my college schedule organized so that I can get all of my schoolwork done in a timely manner, and collecting every single floating collectible item in a video game. (In many video games, certain items are very common and usually float in midair in many places around the virtual landscape waiting to be collected by the player’s character, typically by just running into them. I feel compelled to pick up all of them to make sure the level is completely cleared out of all such items, and besides, I usually get an extra life if I collect 100 of them!)

I have been able to read since I was very young, and I am thankful that I have a wide collection of books to read. I can be taken into another world far away from my real-life stresses, encounter memorable characters, and experience adventures which are more fantastic than most things I know in the real world.       

I am thankful for living in an area that experiences all four seasons of the year. As I write this, all of the leaves on the trees have fallen to the ground. The trees themselves look slightly barren without their leaves, but I also think they have a quiet majesty to them. Fall will soon give way to winter, covering the ground in snow and giving the landscape a mix of emptiness and tranquility as the snowflakes glisten in the sun. When spring comes around next year and the air gets warmer, I will be able to take walks again and enjoy the fresh air, the growing plant life, and the return of birdsong. Summer will soon follow and I will have more free time to myself; I plan to take advantage of this by taking some of my favorite books outside to the front lawn and read them in the sunshine. All of the seasons have features that I enjoy, and I am glad to be in a place where I can take them all in.

Most of all, I am thankful for simply being alive. I feel very blessed that I have been able to live a good life so far. I have had hard times in my life, but I have learned a great deal and know that many people love and care about me. I strive to do well in everything that I do fully knowing that there is something worthwhile waiting for me when I am done.