Friday, 25 November 2016

What Are You Thankful For?

 Yesterday was Thanksgiving across the pond and it is a holiday that I definitely wish we had here in the UK. I've never underestimated the power of being thankful, but sometimes I think it's far too easy to focus on the negatives. Whilst I was at uni, I started up a gratitude journal so that I could remember to be thankful at least once a day, and nearly two years later I am so thankful for this little journal that stays beside my bed!

I am thankful for the fact that I have a job, a car so I can get to this job and a warm home. I am thankful that everyday there is food on the table, and that this is not a worry for me. I am thankful that my parents have welcomed Dan and I back into my family home so we can save for a deposit to buy our own house. I am thankful to even have this opportunity when so many others do not even have a family home.

I am thankful for Dan, my best friend. I am thankful that he puts up with my awful moods, and my unhappiness at times. I am thankful that he is always there to lift me up, make me laugh and make me feel safe. I am thankful for his kindness, and his passion. I am thankful that we found each other at such a young age and that we have been given so many amazing opportunities to see the world together!

I am thankful for my wonderful family, all of whom are so supportive. I am thankful for the love my parents have always given me and my sister, and the fact that we are incredibly close as a family. I am thankful for my younger sister who is like a best friend to me. I am thankful that I have all four of my fantastic grandparents, at the age of 23 this is a rare and wonderful thing. I am thankful for their kindness, wisdom and their instant ability to make me laugh and cheer me up! I am thankful for my wider family, and the connection we all have.

I am thankful for my wonderful friends. The friends who have accepted me for me, who lift me up and who help me to deal with my anxiety. I am especially grateful for the friends who are there to listen to my embarassing stories which should definitely NOT be shared on this blog. I am thankful for the support they give me when things are tough, and the hilarious times we've had.

I am thankful for being born in the UK, for all of it's flaws. I am thankful that I wake up, and I do not hear the sound of explosions and see the signs of warfare. I am thankful that I was born in a country where I largely have an insane amount of freedom. I am thankful that I am not living in fear because of war and poverty.

What Are You Thankful For?


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