With Thanksgiving being right around the corner, I would like to right an article about being thankful! This week I know a ton of people really take the time to think about what they are thankful for and who they are thankful for which is so great! However, shouldn’t we always be thankful for the people and things that we have in our lives? *The answer is yes* (Spongebob reference).
Us teens and young adults now a days really do take our lives for granted so I thought that with the theme of Thanksgiving I could rant about this for a second here. We all see the Facebook and Instagram posts about how thankful everyone is on social media on the day of Thanksgiving, but do we see this type of thanks any other day of the year? It actually seems like unless it’s a holiday or a specific friend or family member’s birthday, no one really goes out of their way to tell someone jut how thankful they are for them or do something in admiration for the organizations or people that give so much to them. I have seen this even more so since I have been to college and the number reason I hear laziness or carelessness is due to how busy everyone is all the time. Trust me, I get it! I am busy all the time and I need to work on myself in these aspects too. From what I see in today’s society we get so much ore than we give back and I think that I have a few pieces of advice to try and change that, which I could also work on for myself:
- Tell your loved ones every day that you appreciate them: This action doesn’t have to be describing everything you love about them or complimenting them every day, but a sign of affection could simply be shooting them a text or phone call or visit to their house/dorm to ask them how there day is going or bringing them a snack or drink to cheer them up and let them know someone cares enough out to go out of their way for them and listen to them. You could give them compliments and randomly tell them how much they mean to you every once in a while too, but if you do that every day it takes the specialty out of it:)
- Write letter or send gifts to those you don’t often see in your every day lives and catch up with them. Ask them about what they have been up to outside of school, in school, in their jobs, or socially overall. Just be there to listen and keep them updated on things going on in your life as well.
- If you are in a long distance relationship (like myself), try to give them a call or a FaceTime once a day or every other day to remind each other of the sound of your voices or the way their eyes look even if it’s through a small screen. Tell them every day and night how thankful you are for them and never lose sight of how much you love them no matter what or who else walks in and out of your lives when you’re away from each other. As long as there is trust and strength in a relationship, you will last as long as a lifetime. All it takes is that extra step each day of showing thanks.
- Try to call your parents at least once a week to tell them about your schedule or the new people you have met. Tell them about all of the experiences you have gone through since you last talked and compare them to home. Always tell them how much you appreciate them and all that they do for you. Parents support is in so many ways whether it is paying for us, supporting us, or simply accepting and loving our decisions no matter how rational they may seem. They do so much more than we will ever know until we are parents ourselves, and maybe not even then. Take the time to appreciate them and their home cooked meals, the way they do our laundry every week, the time they took to drive us around as kids before we had our license, the way they pay for our college tuition, and all of the things in between. They really did get us where we are today no matter what they did or did not do for us, they were the people that got us to college in some which way shape or form.
Now I know that there are about a million other things that you could do to show someone you care about them or are thankful for them but these are just a few ways you can show your thanks for people and the things each day, not just on this wonderful holiday, and by doing this you will be thanked in return. Happy holidays, and God bless!