“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of humans, are created, strengthened and maintained.” – Winston Churchill
As the wifi was cutting in and out on the train, I had a brief conversation with my mom. Nothing too crazy, just a regular, “Hey, how’s it going?” After I hung up my phone, I was overcome with love. And with the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, what a perfect time to express what I am thankful for!
Where do I even begin? I am so incredibly thankful for my family. There, easy enough. Oh yeah, why am I thankful for them? Well to start, for as long as I can remember they were there. Didn’t matter about there schedule or what they had going on, we made time for each other. I think that is incredibly important. Support and shared experiences are invaluable. To be able to look to the sidelines at one of my various sporting events and be able to pick out my mom and dad, and sometimes my siblings, was one of the best feelings I have ever had. Family is such a simple concept yet so hard at times. Unconditional love was always present in our house. It didn’t matter if you got kicked out of high school your freshman year and had to switch schools half way through (sorry mom), there was still unconditional love. Children, teenagers especially, tend to overlook that all of the things that our parents have and do do for us are our of complete love. They offer us protection from making terrible mistakes that could scare the rest of our young lives. They offer us support in our endeavors despite how loud or messy or obnoxious they could be. I feel eternally grateful and forever in debt for the things that my parents did for me, for the things they sacrificed for me, the things they had postponed because of me.
But it’s not just my parents that I give thanks for. My siblings have always been there for me and I consider myself lucky for that. I have learned numerous life lessons from each of them and would not trade them for anything.
I have countless things to be thankful for. I am tremendously thankful for my girlfriend. She has become my best friend and confidant. She has made me such a better person and challenges me to be better than the day before. In her eyes, there is nothing I can not accomplish. She has taught me to laugh harder, live faster, and love deeper. There are no words to express my love and gratitude for her.
I am lucky, I am blessed, I am loved. It is such a good feeling to know that. What have I done to be so lucky? I personally think that I was blessed this much to help preserve family virtues. To help perpetuate a loving household and family dynamic. One thing that I am more excited about than anything else, is to start my own family and to know the love a parent has for their children. To feel so compelled and overwhelmed with love for my family that I would give up anything just to see them happy, just to see them prosper, just to see them smile.
This is a time for thanks, this is a time for remembrance, a time for family. Take a moment, tell your family how much you truly love them, how much they mean to you. Don’t waste a chance to say your thanks.