…To live a life so blessed.
This past week has been a wonderful reminder of how many things I have to be thankful for. And how privileged I truly am.
I started the week off with a trip to my parent’s mountain house that is in the final stages of being built. Then back to Athens to spend time with Nicole and her family for a couple of days. Then home Wednesday to do the baking for my family’s Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, which I have done for the past ten years or so. Thursday we had a group of 20 family and friends join us for dinner. And this weekend I am back in the greatest college town in the world, Athens, GA for my final game as an undergraduate at this place I know as home, the University of Georgia.
What an amazing week. And how accurately it portrays all that I have to be thankful for. My family. My friends. My girlfriend. My university.
I also watched two different programs this past week that reminded me of all that I have to be thankful for. The CNN Heroes program on Thanksgiving night, and the John Adams miniseries produced by HBO films.
The CNN show reminded me of the minor part of everyday life that I so often take for granted. Vaccinations. Bridges. Lack of human trafficking in America. Good health. A roof to keep me safe and food to keep me from going hungry. People across the world suffer from disease, starvation, homelessness, atrocities at the hands of bad people, death by causes foreign to the average American, and the list goes on and on. On most days, not a thing on that list crosses my mind. There are times when I challenge myself to read, to explore international occurrences, to watch programs like CNN Heroes to expand my horizons. But I need to do it more often, and hopefully over time I will find a cause that I can make my own and give back to on a consistent basis.
John Adams has reminded me of where this country came from. Where our roots lie. The struggles that our distant ancestors went through to establish independence and a functioning government. The many lives lost and families broken to get us to where we are today. The relative ease with which we live in comparison to the revolutionary days. And yet the spirit of our country remains essentially unchanged. For that I am thankful. I can only hope that America continues as a beacon of light for the next 235 years.
I am privileged. I live a life without inherent danger on a daily basis. I live in the freest and most stable democracy in the world. I am in good health and have a supportive family that stands by me through any and everything. And I have the opportunity to graduate from this fine institution in under a month before adventuring out into the world to make a difference in my own way.
And this week has been everything I needed to remind me of how thankful I should be for all that my life brings me each and everyday. I hope that your Thanksgiving holiday has had a similar effect on you.