So I believe it's Thanksgiving today or tomorrow in America. You're all going on holiday or meeting up with family and eating turkeys and stuff, right? Well here in Australia, we don't actually celebrate Thanksgiving. Although, I was still tagged in this lovely little thing by India @the Tudda Pudda Diaries and I've decided to do this because being grateful and appreciative is a really good thing, and I'd like to join in with this whole Thanksgiving thing a little. Feeling left out by stereo-typical Americans is not a nice feeling.
Here's what I have to do:
- Thank the person who nominated me and leave a link for them
- Write about 10 things I'm grateful for, and they actually have to be deep. So no saying "I like videogames harhar". I have to think about what's important, and also state why.
- Tag 10 bloggers and comment on their blog, letting them know they've been tagged
- Add the pic above
They just make you feel like you belong, and they make life so much more interesting. We go through things together, being the same age and going through life and school at around the same pace, seeing each other every single day. We laugh together over so many things, and do stuff together, and are an outlet for each others' little rants. Then, at the same time, friendships cause drama and hurt. There are disagreements, over-analysations and so many insecurities. When you can feel as if you belong, one action can make you feel the opposite, and it hurts. Not being invited hurts. Missing out hurts. Feeling replaced hurts. Fighting hurts. As I said, friendships make everything more interesting.
We can choose to do anything, be whatever we want to be. Isn't that just amazing? We can choose where we stand among people, who we want to be friends with, what we want to do as a career, how we spend our free time, whether to be happy or not. That's the thing so many people don't realise. You can choose whatever you want, to take whatever path you want. Everything is up to you, everything is under your control, and that's something to be grateful for.
4) Social media
They say the world is now a global community, that it is so easy to simply contact anyone through the internet, to share anything through the internet, and I actually really appreciate that. We have our mainstream social media such as instagram or snap chat, where we can see what all our friends, family, acquaintances and celebrities are up to, and then there's platforms like this blog, where I can share whatever I want in my own little corner. I'm able to get my message out, show everyone the little things in life that I feel like writing about, and that's so so great. Browsing social media can inspire. Posting can make you heard.
It's dysfunctional, but it's unconditional love. The amount of crap I pull with my family is so not funny, but then they do the same. It's all good. I still love them. The fact that I can say that makes me feel so grateful. Sure, I may not feel like spending time with them, and they may not really relate to me, but they still know me the best, and they'll still love me no matter what. I have a mother who is a little psycho but still shops with me and has deep mother-daughter discussions with me. Then there's my dad who's such a dork but teaches me so much. And there's my sister, who barely talks to me anymore but is the most relatable and gives me someone to team up with in life, no matter the circumstances. Love you family <3
I'm fairly privileged, going to a private school where I'm babied and everything is up for grabs if you just ask, work for it or go for it. And then there's so many opportunities for the future. There's so many places to apply for work experience, so many subjects to choose from in year 12. Everything is set up for me. All I have to do is grab it and work at it. It's all actually a possibility, and that's something to be grateful for. I've realised that I haven't grabbed for so many things I've wanted to do in the last two years, due to insecurities or the fact that none of my friends were doing it. It's time to ask to do what I think sounds good, to use my opportunities to create many more. It's unbelievable that anything is possible.
7) Free TV
Is it shallow (or illegal) that I'm putting this on my list? I'm just really really grateful for all those episodes uploaded onto the internet. I'm grateful for websites like Megashare, Project Free TV and Watchseries. I'm not even kidding. They've actually made my days so much more entertaining. I've been able to have my own little marathons, my own little interesting lives to watch, and I'm grateful.
Okay, I'm not like a naturistic person or anything, but you have to admit, the world is pretty beautiful. I mean, how did it all turn out like this, through all of evolution. It's a miracle that these plants, animals, the sky, everything exists just by chance. It's just by chance that we exist. We should all be pretty damn grateful about that.
9) My nationality
The image above is supposed to be Chinese calligraphy of the word mei, which means beautiful, and is also my mum's name. Although, I admit, I can't actually speak Chinese so that may or may not embarrassingly be the wrong character. The point is, I'm grateful to be Asian, Chinese-Malaysian to be exact. It sets me apart from so many people where I live, having parents who were brought up differently, having the classic black hair, brown eyes, and slightly darker skin. I don't know if I'm just imagining it, but I feel as if Asians have connections to other Asians. Like, when we see another Asian we immediately kind of want to talk to each other, or seem to relate to each other a little. Or is that just me being random? I'm not saying most of my friends are Asian, because most of them aren't, but I'm saying I'm pretty proud to be Asian and I'm grateful to have a second nationality that allows me to experience a different culture and go overseas once a year. If only I could learn Chinese.
We can have whatever job we want. We can study what we want. We have social guidelines and taxes and systems of trade and systems for everything really, and they pretty much work. Isn't that fantastic? So much of the world is so advanced, and getting more advanced each day. We're humane, we believe in equality, we believe in freedom of speech. I mean, sure society does have many issues, but think of all the perfection we've managed to achieve. There's an infinite amount of ways humans could have turned out. There's an infinite amount of morals we could have. Yet we ended up like this. We ended up with this system, with this world, and it's pretty close to a utopia if you ask me.
So as you can see there's plenty of things to be grateful for in this infinite world. There's these 10 things that are evident, and then there's so much more.
Here's my 10 nominees
Athina @Between My Lines
Kei @Your Daily Dose of Everything
Anna @a whole lot of chitty chat
Katie @Lillies of Grace
Kathie @A Sea Change
Amanda @Black Widow
Miriam @It's My Life
Irene @Irene Elisabeth
Happy Thanksgiving to all you Americans!
And try being grateful today anyway everyone else.