It’s Thanksgiving and I’m writing my first ever post on the Rude Puppy! So what better way to start off this blog than reminiscing about my year and talk a little about the 16 things I’m thankful in 2016?
Let’s be real here for a second, 2016 was wild – it was definitely a lot of ups and downs along the way! Zika virus, an increase in suicide bombings and killing sprees, the Brexit, the deaths of David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Prince and so many more inspiring artists, and Donald Trump was elected the new president of the United States… Man oh man!
But there were good things, too. Sometimes it was really hard to stay positive with so much negativity around, but for me personally, it’s so important to take a break every once in a while and really concentrate on everything that’s positive in my life right now. And then I realize that not everything’s as bad as I thought.
So, with this thought in mind, let’s go about this Thanksgiving being thankful for all the good things in our life, small as they may be sometimes, they are still worth to hold onto.
1. The Love I Found
This year, I fell in love. Love has never been a comfortable topic for me, mostly because I was convinced that it was something that happened to everyone else but never me. I know, I know – I sound like a whiny teenager, but that was just the way it was. And then it hit me – straight in the face, with full force, no warning, no mercy. And it was the most beautiful thing that ever happened to me.
2. The Friends I Kept
2016 was a year of many changes for me. I moved back into my home town (more like city), so of course that also brought about a shift in my social life. I have parted with quite a few friends that have accompanied me the last years. I’m happy that no friendship was lost in anger or hurt, just a parting of ways that sadly is natural to many relationships. So, I’m all the more thankful for all the friends I kept. Friends that are still by my side even though our paths my have taken different turns, even though we may not even live in the same country or only see each other two or three times a year.
3. The Friends I Made
Along with these changes came new people, new friends to share my life with. Be it people I work with or people I met through other circumstances, I’m thankful for everyone that enriches my life with their friendship. (Because sometimes I really wonder how anyone even puts up with my weirdness! )
4. The Endurance To Finish My Degree
Oof – it was not easy, my friends, I can tell you this much! I have never been good at working on something for a long time, I’m more of a “Panic and do everything the night before it’s due” kind of person, so writing my thesis for my Bachelor’s degree was a painstaking process. Nevertheless, I somehow managed to finish it and even pass! So yeah, I’m definitely thankful for that.
5. The Opportunity To Work
With passing my degree came the end of my days as a student and the beginning of my full time working life. Honestly: I was scared shitless. I don’t even know how to do my taxes, how would I ever survive in the adult world? So when I got the opportunity to start working almost right off the bat, believe me, I was so relieved. And it was a great decision that will accompany me into the next year.
6. Family Bonds
My family may be small, but we stick together like glue. But I’m especially thankful this year for meeting people that have welcomed me into their family as one of their own and have treated me with nothing but respect and love. If you read this – you know who you are. Thank you.
7. Finding A New Home
At the start of this year, I was lucky enough to find a new room without having to search for too long. It’s an affordable room in a nice flat with an even nicer flatmate, so it’s more than what I could’ve wished for when I decided to come back to my home town.
8. The Opportunity To Travel
Despite finishing my Bachelor’s degree and starting to work at a new place, I still found the opportunity to travel and discover new places, countries and meet new people. I had the luck to visit the Netherlands (twice!), the USA and Spain this year.
9. The Books I Read
I must confess, I have not yet reached my goal of reading 50 books this year, and there’s not much time left. Still, the books I had the chance to read and finish all thought me something, entertained and moved me in different ways and I’m thankful for that.
10. The Food I Ate
Food makes me happy, that is a fact. And although I sometimes struggle with my dreams of being skinnier, I just can’t help that I love to eat. And honestly, I don’t really want to give up something that good, even if it means I’ll stay a bit chubby for the rest of my life. Food is life, food is love.
11. The Conversations I Had
2016 has been a year of interesting conversations that have challenged me both morally and intellectually. I’ve had some deep and earnest conversations about topics ranging from the philosophical meanings of love, life and destiny as well as lively, committed discussions about politics and social issues. These conversations have thought me many a thing and that is why I’m thankful for them.
12. The Times I Laughed
It’s a funny thing (Ha, see what I did there?) but I never really thought about the positive power of laughter until I started thinking about this blog post. I guess I just take laughter for granted most of the time because it’s such a natural thing to happen. But thinking about it, I’m very thankful that I have a life where I can still laugh wholeheartedly. I know there are people in this world that don’t possess this simple luxury.
13. The Times I Cried
If there is one thing the movie Inside Out has taught me, it’s that it’s perfectly normal and okay to be sad every once in a while. There’s no shame in crying and voicing your negative feelings through tears. I’m thankful that there are still things in my life that are important or touching enough to be able to move me to tears.
14. My Dog
My dog is just the best. He’s cuddly and warm and lovely and… Need I say any more?
15. The Music That Moved Me
My taste in music is weird, I’ll give you that. Nonetheless, I’m still thankful for the music that moved, shaped and accompanied me throughout this year.
16. The Kindness Of Strangers
In a world that, especially in this year, seemed ravaged by hatred, bigotry and pain, it was beautiful to come across small acts of kindness by complete strangers every once in a while. Be it the girl in a night club, leaving her friends behind to run up to me and ask if I was okay, offering to talk, just because she’d seen me looking unhappy. Or be it the nice cashier working at my favourite shop, who greets me like a friend every day and gave me a free Snickers that one time I didn’t have the exact amount of change for it.
So, that’s 16 things I’m thankful for in 2016. I’m sure if I kept thinking a lot more would come to my mind. What about you? What are you thankful for looking back on your 2016?
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