Thanksgiving is a day for American’s to take a step back, look around them, and be thankful. It’s a day filled with warmth, great food, and lots of love.
Unfortunately, it’s not like that for everyone.
For the Native American people, Thanksgiving is a day of rememberance for the day Pilgrims slaughterered most of their—the Native American’s—people in the war of 1965.
Jacqueline Keeler, a member of the Dineh Nation and the Yankton Dakota Sioux who lives in Oregon, observes Thanksgiving with her family but doesn’t think of it as a national holiday the way the rest of the country does.
Jacqueline Keeler in Time said this:
“Thanksgiving tells a story that is convenient for Americans,” Keeler said. “[But] it’s a celebration of our survival. I recognize it as a chance for my family to come together as survivors, pretty much in defiance.”
I think that we’ve all had some crazy shit happen us. And I know, that still, we must find things that we can hold on to, something to be thankful for.
Thanksgiving isn’t what it was centuries ago, now it’s what I said in the beginning.
You hear it often—be thankful the little things.
We roll our eyes at the cliche and think yeah, I know.
But, how often do you really take the time to look around you and think about how grateful you are for all that you have? Really?
I think people should write down a list, write a couple sentences, or simply think of things they’re thankful for everyday.
It sounds ridiculous, I know, but taking time before you go to bed to write about what happened that day that you’re grateful for helps you feel really good inside.
It has this impact that makes you feel good for different reasons:
1. You feel a sense of accomplishment for actually sitting down and doing it.
2. You’re proud for taking a negative and transforming it into a positive
3. It makes you happy to realize how lucky you are
The reason I’m writing this is because I wanted you to become aware of a few things to be grateful for that maybe you hadn’t taken the time to appreciate.
This isn’t supposed to come off as “I noticed, so I’m better than you.” I really do just want to help you have a more positive outlook on certain things, so that you can be happier!
And the reason I included the part about the Native Americans? You didn’t have your people killed and have to honor them on a national holiday—one that everyone else celebrates with joy—the least you can do is be grateful today, right?
So, let’s get started.
1. YOUR BED
You can’t not be grateful for your bed—the only thing that will never fail you in your life. Whether you need to cry, muffle your loud laughter at 3:30 in the morning, or take a 2 hour nap, your bed is there.
2. THE DEVICE YOU’RE READING THIS WITH
We’re all so privileged to have a phones, tablets, laptops, etc. Maybe we didn’t exactly grow up with it, but we did get it pretty early on, and now we’re so accustomed to it that we’re not grateful enough for it.
With a tiny device you can carry in a pocket you can talk to someone 5,000 miles away from you! Because of these devices, you can call your best friends in case you want to get away from a date, play a game while in a waiting room, or watch a movie at a party you don’t even want to be at. How lucky are we?
Yes, I know, some are just so problematic, but there are so many that we love that we can look forward to when we’re having a shit day.
Be thankful for all the people who took a risk and put a video of themselves up on the Internet for the world to judge them, for the ones that give great life advice, for the ones that help you do your makeup, and everyone else!
We’re so fortunate that we can laugh. Laughter can turn a bad mood into a good one real quick, and it feels great to laugh. Especially, when you can feel abs forming and tears running down your cheeks!
Books are amazing, that’s all I’m going to say about.
6. BAD MOMENTS
You’re probably wondering why anyone would ever be grateful for bad things happening to them, but no matter how much they suck, sometimes bad things happen so good things can come out of it.
”I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbles across my strength.” —Unknown
7. THE SKY
Every single morning and night, the sky is jaw-dropping. Take a minute to look at it everyday because it’ll never fail to leave you in awe.
Like a bed, music is always there for you—although more portable. If you’re happy, music will make you happier, and if you’re sad and you want to feel sadder, music’s got your back.
Whether you’re playing an instrument, singing, listening to it, or making it in some other form, music never fails to boost a mood.
9. PENS AND PAPER
Be thankful that pens exist and paper to write on. Without them, where else would you express your feelings, write shit poems, unfinished songs, and write all your goals and dreams?
Writing feels good. Do it more often.
10. SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media sucks sometimes, but overall, we all spend a shitload of time on it because we get to see what others are up to, talk to people, make new friends who live in different countries, and laugh at the dumb things people do.
*BONUS: YOU’RE ALIVE*
Be thankful because you’re alive and breathing. You get to live another day, and you get another chance try again, to fight harder, to chase your dreams, and to make people smile.
Since it’s Thanksgiving today—or even if you’re reading this on a different day—take some time before you go to bed and grab a piece of paper and pen or even on your phone, and just write down a few things that you’re thankful for.
What made you laugh or smile? How was today a special day? What was your day filled with that maybe others didn’t have?
I promise, you’ll feel good 🙂