Being Thankful: Not Just For November

November is the the month of thankfulness. Every year people post on their social media how grateful they are about everything for 30 days, and then go on with their everyday lives for the other 11 months of the year.

I think being thankful is important, and not just one month a year. Therefore, I am officially adding a requirement to my postings for the rest of my year:

At least once a week, I will post at least three new things I am grateful for.

Every week.

For a year.

This will be fun. 🙂

That being said, here are the first three things I am grateful for!

#1. My dad.

My dad and I have always been close. In fact, our family says we are practically the same person. We have very similar personalities, and identical senses of humor. In junior high and high school, my classmates were mortified at the thought of being seen with their parents in public. I was always like, “Yeah, I’m hanging out with my dad today, what of it?”

Since I started college (in a town roughly two hours away from home) I’ve only gotten to see my dad about once a month: whenever I go home, or when my family comes to see me.

Last weekend my dad was in town on business, and so we got to spend the day together for the first time in a long time. We got lunch, talked about life, and shopped for smartphone data plans.

It was so great being able to talk about everything from where I am going in my life, to what my siblings are up to, to how you would explain slang phrases, such as “Is that a thing?”

#2. Epona Horse Rescue.

I volunteer a few hours a week at a local horse rescue near Doane. I am so grateful they are here for two reasons.

The first is for the animals. Epona rescues a variety of animals: horses, donkeys, mules, ponies, goats, you name it. They nurse sick and malnourished animals back to health, train and rehabilitate ‘problem horses’ so they can be re-homed, and provide a permanent sanctuary for animals with disabilities that prevent them from being adopted.

The second reason is for me. Whenever I feel stressed, or overwhelmed with everything that is expected of a college student, I go out to Epona and spend some time with the animals. They don’t judge, and they don’t expect anything from me (apart from their food, and a pocketful of treats). Their generally calming presence helps me to forget about my worries and focus on the positives in my life.They help me just as much as I help them, if not more.

#3. My Job.

Or rather, the people I work with. I work at Fazoli’s, a semi-fast food Italian restaurant. The job itself is not always fun, but the friends I have made there make coming in to work worthwhile. It is always a fun, energetic atmosphere, and I am so glad for that. I have heard so many horror stories from people who work in fast food that hate their jobs/coworkers. We are friends and joke around while we work, and that makes all the difference.

I hope you enjoyed the first of my weekly gratitudes! As always, feel free to comment! Let me know what you are thankful for today!