Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Or well Canadian Thanksgiving. For all my American friends or friends from other countries Thanksgiving is celebrated in October. Why? I have no clue. Regardless we ate our turkey today and shared what we were thankful for.
I just wanted to come on here and talk a bit about being thankful and what I am thankful for. If you are unaware a couple of weeks ago something tragic happened here in Quebec. There was tornado that hit the west side of my province devastating many communities. There are towns that aren’t there anymore. I have never in my life thought that a tornado would touch down close to me. I have family in that area and it terrified me. I always thought that tornados were for people who lived in the desert or farming states of the United States. This event made me start to think about somethings and put my own life in perspective.
I have always been a very sympathetic and empathetic person. I am devastated for any natural disaster or disaster in general that happens in the world. I hate seeing people suffer and I especially hate seeing people not caring about those who are suffering. Though when it’s close to home for some reason it rings a bit truer that it can be you and you will never expect it.
I have since spent time with my family and realized what is important to me. I have taken the time to be grateful for everything I have. I am thankful for the opportunities I have in life. It also made me realize that I need to live my life for me and not be a slave to others. That is why I have started putting in place actions that will bring me happiness even if it comes off as selfish. I have one life to live and I will be doing what makes me happy.
Thanksgiving though a very controversial holiday does always leave me reflecting on my life. There is so much that we take for granted in our everyday lives and sometimes you need a moment to say thanks. There is always someone doing worse and there is always doing something better, but your pain and hardships are still valid. I feel like that is one of the most important lessons I have learned in my adult life. You have to stop comparing yourself to others and be thankful for what you have and work on what you don’t.
This thanksgiving I will be spending quality time with the people that mean the world to me, my family and close friends. I will be revaluating the things that don’t make my life the way I want it to be. Letting go of people that do not bring me joy. I will stop doing things that make me miserable and I will find a way to bring happiness to my life every day.
I hope my fellow Canadians had an amazing Thanksgiving. For my friends in other places I hope you can bring these thoughts with you into your Thanksgiving meals and reflect on your own life. What are you guys thankful for?