30 days, 30 things to be thankful for in no specific order.
I truly would not be the person I am today without my family’s love and care. Mom, dad, aunts, uncles, and all the cousins, you’re the best. Thank you, all of you, for your constant love and support– don’t change.
Like my family, my friends have shaped who I am today. For the friendships that have been around for years to the one’s that are just blossoming, thank you for being you. I am grateful to have met and gotten to know each and every one of you.
Something I am constantly taking for granted, Virgil had it right when he said, “The greatest wealth is health.” I am very grateful for my healthy body and strong immune system, even with the occasional bug that gets through.
I am proud to say I love the people I work with. They actually fit into the friends category but I am amazed to have such a strong bond with my co-workers. On and off the job, they keep me sane. I am grateful for your eccentric personalities and how we work out; teamwork makes the dream work!
Pets have taught me a lot of things, most of all they have taught me to appreciate the simple things in life and to find joy in them. So whether it be my two little birds or someone else’s dog, cat, guinea pig, etc., thanks for always being there.
Food is a constant blessing. Not readily accessible for everyone, I am extremely fortunate to have options.
7. Modern heating and air conditioning
Winters would be unbearable without heating and on the reverse summers would be excruciating without air conditioning. Thank you Mr. James Watt and Mr. Willis Carrier for these absolutely wonderful inventions.
8. Hot running water and modern plumbing
My dad tells me stories of when he was a young lad in the Philippines he would have to go fetch water for a bath or to wash the dishes. In addition, if he had to go to the bathroom he had to go outside to the out house to do so. I am privileged to the point where I cannot even use porta-potties, I would rather hold it. Thank you hot running water and modern plumbing for always being there.
9. Computers… technology in general
School, work, and much of my communication would be extremely difficult without the help of computers, phones, tablets, etc. Shout out to Siri for having an answer for my sometimes ridiculous questions.
10. Fuzzy socks
With winter approaching fast, these are a necessity. Much gratitude to the different colors and “fuzziness” variations.
Ice cream, cookies, cake, creme brulee, I am a sucker for desserts. Thanks for being there to fill my sweet tooth.
12. College and Professors
Madonna is small, but it has a big heart. Professors and staff truly care about their students and want to see them succeed. All the people I have met thus far in my college career, thank you. You are all wonderful people, and you deserve a nice, big shiny medal for all that you have done for students like me. Really, thank you. I know students are a lot to put up with, and it means a lot that you continue to do so each day.
I am thankful I was raised with expectation, and ability, to attend college, equally important and vital to my pursuit of an undergraduate education. I am thankful for the opportunities I have had growing up and the subtle and explicit reminders of how school is the route to success.
14. Oversized sweaters, boots, and scarfs
It is that time of year and these are my winter staples. Thanks for always being a go to.
I have recently taken up the habit of black coffee to get me through my days, without this boost of energy, I would not be awake right now, so thanks (insert coffee brand here)!
16. Name tags
In the Office of Student Life, we got name tags. Sometimes I wear my name tag when I do not need to… but on the plus side, people know my name! Shout out to all the workplaces who have name tags to avoid the awkward “What is your name again?” conversation.
Ms. Amanda Geraci, Student Life Coordinator, shouted out this one. I, along with many others, would have significantly more money in our pockets if it weren’t for Target, yet, I have no regrets. I am a Target die-hard for life, thanks for always having my back.
18. Cookie dough
This was the first thing Ms. Lauren Nobles said when I asked for “obscure things to be thankful for.” I personally am indifferent to cookie dough, but I am thankful for the happiness it seems to bring to Lauren’s life.
19. The Cricut
This is a machine that magically cuts out letters and shapes in wonderful ways. We have been through quite a few ups and downs, but for those days where there have been little to no fights, you da best.
20. Butterfinger peanut butter cups
Thank you to the wonderful company who sent our office seven (filled with approximately 15 boxes) of these Butterfinger peanut butter cups. It never gets old handing someone a whole box to take with them. I think it would be fair to compare it to watching a child open up a gift on Christmas Day.
21. Perfectly ripped paper
Odd? Yes, but it is the little things that count. You know those big rolls of paper that have to be ripped? That is what I am talking about here. There is an art to rip the paper without having jagged edges and I am grateful for the individuals who have mastered this skill.
22. Overhead projectors
Anything is possible with overhead projectors. You want to draw all the characters of Inside Out? Done. You want to write in cool fonts? Done. Overhead projects are the dream.
23. Random snacks (free things!)
As a college student, I come running when I hear the word “free.” I also work in an office where we have plenty of random snacks thus I never go hungry when I am working. So thank you for keeping me fed and excited for free things.
Today it is raining, people stay dry with umbrellas, my umbrella is in my car… I am thankful for the lovely stranger who let me squeeze in under her umbrella to avoid getting drenched as I walked from my car.
25. Twinkle lights
Lights are being put up everywhere! This is my favorite part of the holiday season, it never gets old.
A good habit to keep up to stay healthy, I am grateful for the ability to run (though not fast). Shout out to the cross country team for being great at that.
27. Warm November days
Can the weather stay like this year round? Whomever is watching from above, thank you for keeping snow off the ground for a little bit longer.
28. Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle
If you’ve never had it, you have to try it. Imagine getting that corner piece of a brownie, that is every bite of Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle. I am grateful for you, Sheila G.
29. Pixar movies
The trailer for Finding Dory was just released, Inside Out is now on Blu-ray/DVD and The Good Dinosaur is going to be in theaters soon. I am thankful for the creative minds of Pixar and for always bringing a smile to my face.
It is everywhere. Whatever mood I am in, I can find something to listen to. Spotify even creates playlists based off of moods. Thank you for the multitude of artists for sharing your stories and expressing yourselves. And thank you to Youtube, Spotify, and Pandora for letting me access these things with just a few advertisements.