For some reason this year I’m not in the shopping mood. I didn’t do Black Friday, or Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday. I probably should have and gotten some gifts bought but partially due to the fact I worked all weekend I didn’t. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas we focus so much on what we don’t have and what we want that I wanted to take a moment and talk about what I’m thankful I do have, besides family, friends, water, a roof over my head, etc.
I am so thankful I live within a couple miles of a library. I can go and work on my laptop (as I currently am) without the distractions of Netflix, I can stop by on my way home from work and browse the shelves or pick up a book on hold. I can read as much as I want without spending money on books.
I’m thankful for used book sales because it means I can get the classics and some not-so-recent releases for less than a dollar. It means I can be surrounded by books and hold books in my hands that others have read and loved before me.
I am thankful for the teachers and professors I hated. Some of them pushed me to do things I didn’t realize I was capable of, like putting together an 8 page research paper with another classmate and presenting it at the Research Symposium. Some made me read books I normally wouldn’t have or delve into the minds of rhetoricians and philosophers.
I’m eternally grateful for the opportunities I’ve had. From internships to jobs to travels I’ve been so blessed and I constantly try to live up to people’s expectations when I get these opportunities because sometimes they only come once, you have to take them while you have them.
And lastly, I’m thankful for all of you, who come and read the posts I write. Every time I get a like or a comment it makes me so happy!