The truth is, life doesn’t owe us anything. Despite this, I consider myself to be a pretty blessed person. I look around and see that there’s so much beauty that surrounds us: the cool breeze that greets me in the morning, the sunny skies that comfort me with their warmth, the sweet melodies that I hear as I’m walking alone and enjoying the peace that comes with solitude, the aroma of freshly baked cookies…the list goes on.

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We’ve never really celebrated Thanksgiving in my household but we could all use a little statement of gratitude, every now and then.

When I think about the things that make my day or light up my life just thinking about, here are the things that come to mind:

  1. My lovely family. Thank you for being my rock. You raised me with love while instilling in me the value of education and how traveling can truly enrich your understanding and appreciation of what this world has to offer. You deserve the world, yet all I can afford to get you is a scented candle. 
  2. My Team Awesome (eAmbassadors) family. These beautiful souls inspire me every day. Thank you for sharing your wisdom through your blog posts & for being a positive support system. I’ve learned so much from y’all! Stay awesome ❤️
  3. Interesting courses that challenge me. I’m lucky to still have the privilege to keep learning in university. Yes, the readings and the work can get overwhelming but the knowledge that comes with those is invaluable. In my Cultural Psychology class, for example, we study the notion that humans are cultural beings. We are who are and we think the way we do largely because of the cultural setting that we grew up in. This ain’t a Nature vs. Nurture debate either because you can only study nature in the context of the environment it’s in. Therefore, the debate is a false dichotomy as both entities are dependent on each other. Culture and the mind are inseparable and knowing that made me more sensitive to cultural differences, allowing me to interact with others better. It’s so easy to forget that sometimes.
  4. Laughter. Comedy will always be my favourite movie genre. Nothing beats laughter in making all the stresses go away. I find it hard to imagine a life without memes and funny tweets.
  5. Music. “Even when I’m alone, I’m not lonely, I hear the sweetest melodies” yes, I took that right out of Lana Del Rey’s “God Bless America – And All The Beautiful Women In It” because it perfectly captures the essence of what music does. It accompanies me on my loneliest days and makes my commutes much more bearable.
  6. Amazing study spots on campus. The 2nd floor of Frost library is hands down my favourite place to study. You get to do your readings and study in peace on your own private desk. Also, the view of the rose garden is just the cherry on top for this study spot.
  7. The relationships I’ve made along the way. University has not only opened doors for me in terms of education and opportunity but I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a lot of people whom I’m proud to call my friends. I’ve met such a diverse crowd with their own individual talents, goals, and unique personalities.
  8. Having a blog as an outlet. This blog is what I like to call my passion project. It’s a simple writing outlet that I do as an eAmbassador for Glendon but I also do it for my own personal growth. Writing has always been therapeutic for me. I don’t want to write, I need to or else I don’t feel like myself.
  9. My agenda for keeping me organized. Right now I’m juggling 5 courses, a part-time job and of course, this blog. Without my agenda to visually lay out my activities, time-management would be impossible. So thank you for keeping me in check, otherwise, I would get nothing done!
  10. The gym for keeping me fit and relaxed. I don’t go as often as I’d like to but I made a promise to myself to put my health first. After all, how am I supposed to be productive if I’m feeling sluggish all the time? I always feel much better after a workout!

No matter how busy we get, it doesn’t hurt to stop and smell the roses once in a while and thank the people and the things that drive us to keep going every day.

Happy Thanksgiving! I’ll see you next Monday 😇

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