Fall leaves scattered everywhere, cold snaps that feel like winter, even some snowflakes the past few days… I can’t help but think about the holidays quickly approaching – especially Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is typically just rushed through, or just viewed as the ‘food’ day before Black Friday. But, as cheesy as it may sound, it is more than that. It is a time to reminisce back on who you are truly thankful for in life – while eating good food of course. Here is my senior year, as I am coming up to an end of a chapter in my life, I would like to express my gratitude to those who have helped me through it.
Starting off with my mother, she has made the greatest impact on my life these past 12 years. Whether it be from motivating me to do my absolute best in school even when I don’t feel like it, or simply telling me I’m doing well at something, she has always been there for me. I would like to give her all the thanks in the world for having such an impact on making me the person I am today.
Next, I would like to thank my sister Naudia. I couldn’t have asked for a better big sister. Even though we get on each other nerves from time to time, she is truly my best friend. She’s always been there to make me laugh, and be brutally honest with me even if it’s not what I want to hear. I would like to thank her for preparing me for everything high school was, and telling me ahead of time to enjoy it because it would go fast — and it did.
Growing up, my family and I had to move around, and we moved around a lot. Although some may view it as a major inconvenience, and even possibly damaging, I am thankful to have had the childhood that I did. It has made me much stronger than I would’ve been otherwise and has led both my sister and me to recognize what we would want to achieve in our lives. I asked my sister about her thoughts on our childhood – “The reason I chose to major in social work to become a registered social worker is that I want to make the impact in people’s lives that I wasn’t able to get…When I was growing up and I would go to therapy for my mental health issues, my therapist made no impact on helping me. I want to be more helpful than that, and help people the way that I wish I was helped.”
My childhood helped me discover my desire to enter the business field (and minor in Journalism). I grew to recognize that I have the ability to quickly react and attend to unexpected situations, which should be key parts of my future success. I am grateful to have had the experiences that I had to lead me to get an idea as to what I aspire to do in life.
Here in this season of gratitude, I urge you to reflect back on who and what you are thankful for. It may be a parent, coach, even a bus driver. Tell them why you are grateful for them, it can make more of an impact than you know.