Today is November 22, 2018 (a.k.a. Thanksgiving, Turkey day).
Today, I am grateful. As always, grateful for my health, my friends and family, my happiness.
But in the past couple of weeks, I’ve been reflecting on the little things in life that are easily missed. This year, I’m especially grateful for the new perspectives I’ve gained this year through:
- The 4 a.m. badminton tournaments with my A.I.D. Summer group that revived my spirits
- The two weeks spent living on a rice farm and understanding my privilege in American suburbia
- The strolls around my neighborhood and local nature’s portrayal of the four seasons that showed me beauty
- Sunday morning green tea for keeping me cozy and calm
- Excruciatingly difficult workouts that gave me pain but also persistence
- The “writing everything down” thing that I’ve been doing that has helped me to remember experiences and identify who I am
- My students from Yunlin, Taiwan who reminded me to live lightheartedly
- My coaches for strengthening me because it “ain’t so bad” and “hurts so good
- My passionate junior teachers who really taught me to love learning again
- The Retro Report series from the New York Times which cultivated, once again, my drifting interests in societal history
- Buzzfeed’s Tasty channel that satisfies my food cravings
- Spotify and the “Daily Lift” playlist for the morning boost
- F.R.I.E.N.D.S. for keeping me entertained during my treadmill sessions and cheering me up
- The books that taught me to appreciate literature (and for the first time, even poetry)
This year has been a year full of love and life. I’m grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve been given and all of the choices I have made (good and bad) that I’ve learned from. It’s really been a rich year. And so, to everyone and everything that has made me stronger, happier, better—Thank you.