6 Personal Things To Be Thankful For This Holiday Season

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Sometimes, it’s easier to focus on the things that are missing from our lives, instead of focusing on what truly matters – all that we do have. It’s important to take the time out of your day and remind yourself of all the personal things to be thankful for. And after what was probably the best Thanksgivings of my life, I am forced to do the same.

I don’t really know how else to put it. This Thanksgiving was nothing short of amazing. It was one of those weekends that made me truly look at my life and just smile in reflecting on how fortunate I am. 

A few months ago, one of my buddies and I decided to plan a trip to just get away for Thanksgiving. We wanted to go somewhere fun and warm, so we decided to go to Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Not only do I have a close relationship with my parents, but so do the majority of my friends as well. As for the friend that I was in Las Vegas with, my parents consider him to be their second son. 

When I told my parents that I was going to be going to Las Vegas, they had the idea of making the drive down from Salt Lake City, Utah to Las Vegas to come and spending the holiday with my friend and me. 

Being that I live states away from my parents, any chance that I get to see them is one that I will say yes to, so I told them to come and join. Not many 26-year-olds would say yes to having their parents join them in Vegas, but I am also not most 26-year-olds

This weekend made me realize how truly blessed I have been throughout my life. There were times for the weekend where I would just sit there and stare off into my own little world because I felt completely at peace and in awe that I have the life that I do. And while seeing my parents isn’t the only thing that I am grateful for, it definitely helped. 

2019 has been an amazing year so far. Here are 6 personal things to be thankful for and how they have impacted my life as well.

1. Family.

As I said, I have a very close relationship with my family. Without my family, I truly don’t know where I would be today. My parents are my best friends and my two sisters know all of my deepest and darkest secrets.

Sure there are times where we argue and bicker back and forth, but at the end of the day, we all want the best for each other and will do anything to help each other out.

2. Friends.

Friendships are something that I used to take for granted. There was a time where I wouldn’t hang out with my friends, where I would constantly bail on them, and where I wouldn’t talk to them for months at a time. 

After pushing others away from me, I am truly thankful for the ones who stuck by my side. The friendships that I have now are the strongest friends that I have ever had in my entire life. 

3. Health

After dealing with various mental illnesses that transpired into physical illnesses for many consecutive years, I can honestly say that I am grateful for both my physical and mental well-being

It hasn’t always been easy and it still isn’t perfect (as it never will be), but I now feel healthier than ever, and that is something that I am thankful for.

4. Work

I can’t tell you how nice it is to be able to go to a job that you actually enjoy going to every single day. While I enjoyed my previous job, it got quite boring and repetitive.

I am now working as an Enrollment Counselor in higher education where I help find individuals the best program that is going to help them to reach their goals. It may be a small amount, but it feels nice knowing that I am able to go home at the end of the night having helped to make a positive impact in somebody else’s life.

5. Writing

I am thankful for writing. Writing has given me an outlet where I can freely express myself and the emotions that I am feeling. If it wasn’t for finding my love of writing, I don’t know if I would be in the same positive state of mind that I am now in.

6. Mistakes

I am thankful for the mistakes that I am making on a daily basis. I never thought I would say that, but I learned the importance of making mistakes and how much it can benefit you. 

Mistakes don’t mean that you are a failure. They mean that you are trying and you are pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. Well, if you want something that you don’t have in life, then you need to do something that you aren’t doing. That change is going to come with making mistakes, so get used to them, and learn to love them. 

Final Thoughts

From somebody who has experienced this, life is way better when you learn to be thankful for all that you have instead of prioritizing your time and energy on the things that you don’t have. 

This holiday season, and in life in general, strive to be more grateful, strive to be more thankful, and strive to live a better life today than you did yesterday. This is your one life to live, so make the most of it.

Michael Bonnell

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