On Being Thankful

I struggled to think of a good topic to write about for my Thanksgiving post. To be honest, I don’t really like Thanksgiving at all. It has become a day of consumerism, like most holidays, followed by the most consumerist day in America, Black Friday. But, I know people don’t like cynicism, especially around the holidays, so I’m not going to write about everything wrong with Thanksgiving. Instead, I’m going to write about what the holiday is really supposed to mean, thankfulness.

So, here is a list of things, some a little non-traditional, for which I am thankful:

1. Nature for bringing everybody a calming feeling and a sense of how life should be

2. Animals for being pure

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3. The invention of boats for being fun

4. Netflix for allowing me to have some relaxing, alone time

5. Billy Joel for serenading me with words of wisdom

6. “It’s Always Sunny in Philidelphia” for giving me a good laugh

7. Laughing for making me feel better

8. Attractive men: James Franco, Johnny Depp, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, my boyfriend for being eye candy

9. Attractive women: Mila Kunis, Penelope Cruz, Brittany Touris, etc for also being eye candy because I like equality

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10. My decision on what I want to do with my life for giving me a sense of purpose

11. Drinking water for solving all of my problems

12. Dogs for being wonderfully fun and adorable

13. “Lost” for providing me with so much thoughtful entertainment

14. “Pirates of the Caribbean” for spurring my pirate obsession

15. Captain Hook from “Once Upon a Time” for furthering my pirate obsession

16. New York City (just not the cost of living or attending school there) for being New York City

17. Reading good books for furthering my intelligence

18. The feeling of accomplishment after finishing a big task for being a great feeling

19. The art of travelling for being the best thing I could ever experience

20. Home videos from my childhood for reminding me that I’ve always been weird

21. Janis Joplin for being the soundtrack to my soulful cooking sessions

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22. Soulfulness for making me feel good

23. Grooviness for teaching me to be a cool cat

24. Ethnic cuisines for being tasty

25. Spiciness for clearing my sinuses

26. The act of hanging out with close friends (in certain settings, on account of my social anxiety) for making me feel less lonely

27. My contemplative nature for allowing me to discover so many things about life and myself

28. The fact that my parents urged me to develop my creativity as a child through playing with Legos, listening to classical music, and reading Greek mythology for making me a well-rounded adult (Dad, don’t get too cocky reading this)

29. My brothers and family for supporting me

30. My home for being some where I can always return

31. New Orleans (again, just not going to school) for being soulful and groovy

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32. Campfires for building happy memories

33. Disney World for being the happiest place on earth

34. Math for furthering our society so much and for sharpening my mind

35. Philosophy for giving me something to think about

36. Learning (not in an academic setting) for allowing my brain not to waste away

37. Feminism! for giving me the opportunity to vote, to work, to speak, to be a human, and more

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38. Intellectual conversations for allowing me to share ideas with other people

39. Doing silly things in public for making it evident that social constructs don’t matter

40. Thunderstorms for giving me an eerie feeling

41. People who like to challenge authority for making change happen

42. Drive-in movie theaters for giving me good memories

43. Taco Bell for it’s cheap, delicious food

44. The color purple (the actual color purple, not the book) for being a cool color (no pun intended)

45. The German language for it’s hilarious sounds

46. Mozzarella sticks at the Owl House for their fatty, vegan deliciousness

47. People from other cultures for challenging my perception

48. All the great opportunities I’ve had in my life for helping me realize everything for which I have to be thankful.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! (And look into the eye of your dinner)

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