Better Life: Holidays

Life advice from someone who has a lot of life left to live.

Two of my favorite things are my family and delicious food, and I especially love it when these two things come together. Luckily for us, Thanksgiving is a mere two days away. I cannot wait to eat my grandma’s fabulous cooking, or sleep in her heated sunroom with my three cousins and my sister.

  Clearly, I am thankful for my grandma. She gives me a unique cultural background, as she came over from Norway when she was very young. We call her Beste, the Norwegian word for grandma. I’m thankful for the rest of my family, too. Every time we get together with my aunt on my dad’s side, we play card games into the wee hours of the morning. I have too many fond memories with my eight cousins to even count. I never regret spending time with my family at any time of the year.

  I am also incredibly grateful for my friends, for all the experiences we’ve had together, for all the fun, and even the serious times. I’m thankful that they always have my back, even if they don’t agree with me, and that they are there to help me out. I will always remember one time in particular about three years ago. I needed a picture for my English project, so I employed three friends to help me. I instructed them to go outside in the snow, make a snow angel, then change into a white t-shirt and pants. It was so cold that day, I was surprised that they even agreed to it, but they did and I got an amazing photo out of it.

"Demon's Inside" by Karoline Betteridge

“Demon’s Inside” by Karoline Betteridge

  Despite how much I enjoy my friends and family’s company, sometimes it’s hard to be thankful for anything. Sometimes life just gets you down, and that’s ok. That’s just the way life throws punches; you get about ten blows in a row, then you just get one every once in awhile.

  My parents are divorced, and it’s hard for me to split up my holiday season because it never feels like enough time was spent in each place. But this reminds me that I am surrounded by lots of people who love me. You are, too. It may not seem like it, or feel like it, but somewhere there is someone who loves you and cares for you. There is always something to be thankful for whether it be a person, a memory, or an accomplishment. There is something to be thankful for on today, tomorrow, and every other day of the year. William Arthur Ward said it best: “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” Don’t forget to be thankful and eat plenty of food on this Thanksgiving.

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