What I Am Thankful For
This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for:
The wisdom of parents and grandparents
That includes wisdom about life and the world, how to behave, and what kind of person to be.
My Dad inspired me to love science, which is leading me to a medical or research career that will help people.
My Mom showed me how to believe in myself, to work hard, and to follow my dreams even when the world says “no.”
My grandmothers taught me to treat other people with respect and generosity. Their two most memorable pieces of advice are:
- We show what kind of people we are by how we treat other people, especially those who are less fortunate or (in my grandmother’s words) “our social inferiors.” We should treat all people with kindness, consideration, and respect.
- A good deed only counts if nobody knows you did it.
My grandfathers taught me that the world didn’t begin in 1989: It’s important to know what happened before and where we came from.
I have wonderful teachers who not only share knowledge, but share the joy of learning and discovery. They inspire me to explore new ideas and look at the world in new ways.
That applies not just to college, but to high school and earlier. I know that I’m very lucky and that most people don’t have such good teachers.
Life without friends wouldn’t be much of a life. I not only have lots of friends, but I have a smaller number of very good, very intimate friends.
In addition to my BFF Sarah, who I’ve known since preschool, I am thankful for all my friends at college. Even when we fight, we all still love each other.
And especially there’s Mark, but I’m not sure where it’s going so I have to wait and see about it.
I’m thankful to live in a country where women have freedom and opportunities to achieve their dreams. America isn’t perfect; in fact we have a lot of problems. But I know how much better my life is than it would be if I lived in an unfree or desperately-poor country.
I’m thankful that I lost seven pounds since the start of the semester and now almost fit into my high school jeans as long as I don’t sit down or take a breath. 🙂
And I’m thankful for all the wonderful readers of this blog! Some of you were already my friends, some of you have become my friends, and all of you have great insights that make me think! You make the world a better place.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Copyright 2010 by Rinth de Shadley.