The Art of Gratitude

The Art of Gratitude

This time of year is my favorite for a reason: it's the time when family comes together to celebrate the holidays, give thanks, and give back to each other. My family, though small, has always been incredibly important to me. Every year, I look forward to taking a break from work and school, and getting together to eat, relax, and express thanks with my family (even though I don't eat turkey).


Usually, we stay in Maryland for the holidays since that is where most of my family lives, but this year we took the opportunity to visit my aunt, uncle, and cousin in Florida. Since they live out of state, we don't often get to see them so it was truly special to be able to spend the Thanksgiving holiday all together. We were able to catch up, share memories and stories, and talk about what we appreciated most. Plus, we got to lounge around on the beach, which isn't a bad way to spend the end of November.

 

Beach

A truly gorgeous sunset!

 

Thanksgiving is a U.S. holiday meant for everyone to come together and express what they are thankful or grateful for. Though it is important to note the history of Thanksgiving is actually rather murky and debated, and additionally, for some Native American tribes, this day is actually one filled with sadness and remembrance.


But Thanksgiving can still be celebrated however you choose. I believe it is important to practice gratitude every day, but especially on this holiday when together with family. This year I am thankful for all the new experiences I have been fortunate enough to have, such as my time in D.C. I feel as though I have grown and changed a lot over this past year, and that wouldn't have been possible without these new experiences.


Most of all though, I am thankful for the people in my life who give me love, support, and more every single day. In particular, I'm so appreciative of my amazing parents who encourage me every single day. No matter what direction I choose to go, I know my parents will always be right by my side. They guide me, give me advice, and are always there whenever I need them. I'm aware not everyone is as fortunate as I am when it comes to relationships with their parents so for this Thanksgiving, and honestly just every day, I am grateful for my parents.

Family

My parents visiting me in D.C. - we went to the National Gallery of Art!

 

I hope everyone had a happy holiday! What are you thankful for this year?

 

Kelsey

 

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