Thanksgiving serves as a great reminder to realize how lucky I truly am. I used to feel lonely throughout the holidays because I felt distant from my relatives, who all reside in northern California. My holidays are spent with my immediate family: my mom, stepdad, and two of my brothers. I used to wish to spend the holidays at one big family party, however, those thoughts of sadness took away the very importance of what Thanksgiving is. Those moments of sadness did not let me appreciate or even acknowledge all the work my mom has done to provide for my family. Now, I greatly appreciate all my mom’s hard work to make the best of every holiday she can. Although my mom struggles financially she does the best she can to provide for my brothers and I. I’m thankful for my mom, she is one of the hardest workers I know by showing me the path of perseverance and resilience.
I am also thankful for the counselors in my past who helped me during my depression. I now realize that when presented with hardship it is so easy to become forgetful of all the blessings in one’s own life by glorifying and romanticizing the lives of others. However, upon reflection, I realize I am very privileged myself; I am healthy, surrounded by individuals who care for me, have an education, as well as a full time job that is filled with constant learning experiences. I now do not dread the holidays and look forward to spending Thanksgiving with my immediate family. I am grateful that I have the opportunity to help my mom financially and that I am able express to my family and loved ones how much they are appreciated.