It’s Thanksgiving today here in Canada.
I’m writing this in the evening. We just finished a huge meal together, complete with turkey for the kiddo, and a Tofurkey for Nick and I (since I’m a vegetarian newbie!).
I’ve spent the majority of my weekend with loved ones, on mini adventures and simply enjoying one another’s company. When I wasn’t hanging out with family and friends, I was cooking, cleaning and doing homework. That’s just life though.
And in all honesty, I feel very grateful for the life I have. I’m mostly healthy, and so are my family members. We have enough money, food and fun each month that goes by and haven’t had to worry in a while. I’m in school full-time and working from home for myself, which has been amazing. I seriously have nothing to complain about.
So today I want to share 10 things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving.
10 Things I’m Thankful for This Thanksgiving
I’ thankful for my family because of how amazing they all are. By family I mean those I live with, Nick and Sidney, as well as Penelope, and those who are related to us through blood or by choice. I’m thankful that they’re all well, and for having them in my life.
Over time I have been able to add new friends into my life, and I’m so thankful for that. I’m not the most sociable person, so making new friends can be tricky. I’m also skeptical of people, and it takes a while for me to trust people. Even then, I’m super picky. I don’t let just anyone into my circle of friends, so if you’ve made it in, there’s clearly something about you I find amazing. Usually something I’m envious of! I admire my friends and look up to them.
We moved in September to a new rental townhouse. It’s much different than other places we’ve called home, mostly because I actually really like the layout and we’ve been able to befriend the majority of our neighbours for once. The location is awesome, each room has huge windows that let in ample light, and we’re able to fit all of our hobbies and interests into this space comfortably.
I make fun of my little Mitsubishi Lancer quite a lot. It’s 14 years old, ugly as all heck and barely works, but it gets me from point A to point B each day. I’m thankful for this car (and the friends who sold it to me for a very cheap price). I went a year without a car. We lived in a tiny duplex that didn’t even have a washer or dryer. We had to walk everywhere: to buy groceries, do our laundry, get to school and work. It was awful! Cambridge isn’t one of those huge urban cities where everything is RIGHT there and the transit sucks. So, yes, I am sooo thankful for this car and the convenience it brings.
I’m thankful to be able to attend school, and for the scholarship I receive each school year. Without it I wouldn’t have returned because of the cost. I already have a hefty student loan, but this scholarship makes going back to school possible. And I’m thankful for school because of the opportunities it brings and the people I’ve met.
I know it sounds like a weird thing to be thankful for, especially in a list of just 10 things, but I am seriously so grateful for the internet! The internet has allowed me to work as a writer, a dream that I didn’t think was possible when I was a kid. It keeps me connected to my long distance friends and family. It brings me knowledge and opportunities, and I love having everything available with just a few clicks.
I’m so thankful that Nick, Sidney and I are all healthy!
I sometimes find myself complaining how full the fridge or cupboards are, because things keep falling out or I have to rearrange it every time I want to grab something. At which point, I remind myself to be thankful for having a fully stocked kitchen. We’ve spent many years struggling to even afford groceries, even relying on services like the Food Bank at some points. Having a fully stocked kitchen for the last year and a half, and hopefully from now on, is definitely something I am super thankful for!
I’ve always loved being Canadian. In Canada, we have it pretty good! Free and accessible health care, a beautiful landscape full of adventure, diversity and acceptance, freedom to be yourself, and some alright laws in place. I’m happy and proud to be Canadian!
I’ll always be thankful for art! Not just creating it, but enjoying other people’s creations, too! Art keeps me sane, and it make me happy! And not just visual art, but also music, books, movies and dance!
So there you have it! 10 things I’m thankful for this thanksgiving!