As this year’s thanksgiving holiday has come by, it’s been quite a 4-day holiday. I love it because it’s such a great time to stay in, be with the ones you care about, consume copious amounts of alcohol, and just in general completely detach yourself from the stresses in life.
And most importantly, it’s a time that encourages everyone to count their blessings. As I look back and think about my own blessings, I always end up feeling quite rosy and happy. I feel that life really is about the journey and not the destination. It’s about the journey because whenever we chat with our friends, it’s about reminiscing on the TIMES we spent together as we were graduating school. We reminisce about the JOKES we made as we drove towards places. We reminisced about the DRINKING we did before we went to the club.
So with all that said, we really should be thankful for our journeys more than our destinations and end results. For me, here are the 8 things I’m thankful for in the last year:
- I’m thankful for all the great peers and supporters at my office for offering me unsolicited advice on how to improve myself, on how we got to where we are, and how to get better, even if it goes against their own best interests.
- I’m thankful for my close American family here, which are my roommates, and some of the tight people in the group. They are always around to check on me, whether or not I express it or not, and there’s not a doubt in my mind they will have my back.
- I’m thankful for the girlfriend that I’ve built an incredible relationship around, and who has worked very hard together with me so that we complement each other and build a very solid relationship – that she is more than just funny, but also rationale and on the same page.
- I’m thankful for the family back home whom I miss so much and always remembers me and includes me in everything, despite my crappiness in keeping in touch.
- I’m thankful for all my possessions that have come to be, including the beautiful condo I pay rent at, the gratifying car that I drive, the clothes I’m able to afford, the extravagant dinners I’m able to eat, and the expensive clubs that I can walk into, as a result of some of my lucky successes from school.
- I’m thankful for having the experiences I went through to make me who I am today, and am always thankful that there are never ending opportunities to improve myself.
- I’m thankful for being a driven person, and for having been grown up with the principle of doing better, and doing more, and becoming something that may be useful and provide value back to the world one day.
- I’m thankful for my high levels of energy, that allow me to stay awake, and do more, and get more out of life as much as possible.
All in all, I have a lot to be thankful for, and I have a lot to continue to work towards. I also have great people surrounding me and advising me to continue to become better.
Here’s to a great November end, and to a beginning of December 2012, and also, to another year of things that I will be thankful for. Thank you to everybody in my life, and thank you to all the nice waiters, excellent restaurant managers, hotel concierges, and people who provide excellent service, and make my life just a little more pleasant every time.