What Are You Thankful For?
By Sophia Lee – America Daily Youth Reporter
Thanksgiving is coming up and the spirit of thankfulness is filling the air. Winter is the season of giving and the perpetual question “what are you thankful for” is hanging over all of our heads. It’s hard for me to answer this question because I didn’t notice how many things I have taken for granted.
So, below is a list of who I’m thankful for…hopefully this will inspire and help you on Thanksgiving.
Starting off the list, I’m thankful for my parents.
They have given me so many opportunities in life to grow and learn. If I’m uncomfortable with doing something, they don’t force me into it (but maybe sometimes and I’m glad they did). And even though my siblings and I feel the pressure of getting perfect grades, it isn’t a requirement. My parents just want us to be successful in our own ways and want us to be happy. I’m eternally grateful for that because I know I got lucky in life. No matter how many times I get angry or frustrated, the bad times will never be enough to break our relationship. Sometimes, I look around and I can’t understand why people aren’t willing to have a good relationship with their parents. To me, the family is always first, no matter what. So thank you for everything, Mom and Dad!
Next, I’m thankful for my siblings.
I don’t know what I would do without them. They are my best friends because we have been by each other’s side for our whole lives. While we sometimes get into disagreements, as we grow older, we grow closer due to our shared experiences. It could be that we are also just maturing…but it doesn’t matter because I’m just grateful. Grateful for all the times we were partners in crime in eating candy behind my Mom’s back (sorry Mom!) and my sidekicks in this scary world.
Finally, I’m thankful for all the people who took a chance on me.
For all those bad interviews where I had no idea what I was answering because I didn’t prepare and just winged them. I’m still in shock that they offered me the job. While I have never had a “serious” job, I’m grateful nevertheless. The opportunities I’ve had to learn different things and to meet new people are unforgettable. I still have no idea why they took a chance on me, but I’m thankful for all the things I have learned no matter how the experience actually went.
Thank you to every person who has helped me this year and to the people who I didn’t mention. I hope this short list inspires you to search inside yourself to find who/what you’re really thankful for this season. I wish you all the best and have a great holiday season.
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