There are a lot of hard and terrible things going on all over the place right now, which is why it’s nice to have this excuse to spend a day remembering that there are good things too.
I’m thankful for my family and friends and the wonderful writing community, especially those involved in Teens Can Write, Too! and the Chapter One Young Writers Conference. I’m thankful for the critique partners currently working away at critiquing one of my MSs and those who’ll be getting it at the end of the year. (You are my heroes, each and every one of you.)
I’m thankful for my roommates and professors and the fact that I am able to go to a school I love, and thankful for everyone at Oxford (and elsewhere in Europe) who made my summer the most amazing of my life.
I’m so, so, SO thankful for all the opportunities I’ve had this year. I’m thankful for all the books I’ve read and movies I’ve seen and plays I’ve loved and music I’ve listened to on repeat for weeks on end. (Still not over 1989.)
I’m thankful for the places I’ve been and people I’ve met and really, just, like: this life. I am so incredibly thankful for this life.
A lot of stuff sucks right now. I’m not going to go into details, because I’m going to assume you’ve been keeping up with the news, and the stuff that isn’t on the news isn’t mine to share either. And I get that I am privileged to be able to stop for a day and be thankful for the good things despite the bad. But the least I can do is be grateful.
If you are lucky enough to have good things in your life, don’t throw them away. Even if they’re teeny, tiny good things. (Actually: especially then. Those are the most important to hang onto. They can so easily slip between the cracks.)
Eat too much turkey. Stuff yourself with pie. Hug whoever you’re celebrating with. And let’s make this a Thanksgiving worth being thankful for.
Happy Turkey Day!