Gratitude and Love
As the Christmas festivities of the day are coming to a close, I wanted to express something I have been thinking about recently. I plan to keep this short, because I was up before the sun this morning opening presents from Santa with my wild 5-year-old sister.
I have been thinking about how important it is to be thankful for the people that you have in your life. I have always been aware of the importance of gratitude, but more so recently because it is the giving season. Thankfulness is more prominent for me this year because I spent Christmas surrounded by more family members than I ever have before. If I’m counting correctly, there were 13 people and 2 pets surrounding my tree at 7 am this morning. I don’t think I could ever fully express my gratitude towards these people for the support that they constantly provide for me. At least one of them has been at every one of my soccer games and ski races so far this year, and they are the ones who have encouraged me to push myself in school, athletics, and as a person for practically my entire life. I know it may sound cliche, but I definitely wouldn’t be the person that I am today if I didn’t have any one of them in my life.
As I finished opening my final present, and looked around at all the happy people surrounding me, that was when I realized how incredible being with the people that you love and giving to one another can make a person feel. Around the holidays, we don’t just give one another gifts, but we give each other experiences to remember. It is these memories that build our love towards our families and friends, and that make us so excited for this time of year, every year. I hope that anyone reading this will thank their loved ones for the memories that they made this year, because when personal possessions don’t last forever, memories will.
Merry Christmas to all!