What I am Thankful For

I take many things for granted. I know that I have a great life, and that most of my complaints are petty at best. In light of Thanksgiving, I have been reflecting upon the things for which I am thankful.

I am thankful for the stress I am under. The pressure of college applications comes with a reminder: I am lucky to be able to receive a higher education. The mountain of homework I receive reminds me that I am capable of learning, and that I am lucky that my school offers college and AP classes.

I am thankful for the enormous drop in temperature from my living room to my bedroom. This means that most of my house. If I’m too cold I can just leave my room. This also means that my family is able to save money by heating our house with a woodstove.

I am thankful for my house, which has been under construction for more than five years. This means that we have the money to better our house, no matter how slow. I am thankful for the dog hair that covers every corner of the house, because this means that the dog we love so much is still around after almost eleven years.

I am thankful for the arguments and screaming that go on in my family, because it means I have a family, and that we are all right here to exchange apologies.

I am thankful for the job I hate because it provides me with money for both the present and the future.

I am thankful for the money I blow on gas, because I have money to blow on gas. I am thankful for the hand-me-down car I fill with expensive gas, because it didn’t cost me a penny.

I am thankful for many things, and Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect upon all the things that are easy to forget to be thankful for.

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