Tasked with expressing what I’m thankful for is difficult. What I have’t decided is if the task is difficult because I don’t reflect on this as much as I should, or if I really am getting more jaded with age. Thinking about it, at 25, I shouldn’t be jaded. So I’m going to go with the fact that I don’t reflect on this as much as I should. So, I’m going to take this blog post as an opportunity to reflect on just a few things I’m thankful for.
I’m thankful for…
My education. This one’s easy. I’m thankful for both the opportunity to go to college and for the smarts go graduate with a bachelors degree and pursue my master’s. I’m not blind to the fact that this opportunity for high education will benefit me and my family in the future, nor am I blind to the fact that not everyone has the smarts to go beyond what they teach you in high school. While I guarantee my mother would have preferred a different profession for me, I couldn’t be more pleased with the education I received while at IUPUI. I have been so blessed with the professors and connection I have made over the last five years. I have fallen in love with the city and with the community IUPUI provides to its students. I have covered more events and have learned so many great “tricks-of-the-trade” if you will. So for this, I am thankful.
I am, also, thankful for…
Sports. Because, well…sports. I love sports. But that’s not why I’m thankful for the activities that enthrall almost every aspect of my life. I’m thankful for the fact that despite the outcomes of presidential elections, despite the economy, despite holidays and family gathers (which totally annoy me), sports will always be there. Sporting events take place throughout the entire world. Without sports, societal changes may never occur. Without sports, entertainment would be limited to what Hollywood can put up on the big screen. Without sports, I wouldn’t be able to pursue a passion and making a living. Sports are the very thing guaranteed to bring people together, despite differences in political views, religion, skin color or anything else that people rely on to divide themselves and their neighbors. So for this, I am, also, thankful.
Lastly, I am thankful for…
My husband, Trent. What kind of thankful blog post would this be if I didn’t mention the one person I love most in this world (sappy, right?)? But seriously, this man is my rock. He not only has supported me through my education, he actually helped me get to the path I’m on with my career. My freshman year of college was challenging as I was struggling with figuring out who I was. Being the natural teacher that he is, he unknowingly (at the time) gave me some great advise about doing something you’re passionate about. It was something one of his professors told him at the time, and it really resonated with me. I still remind him to this day about it. I’m also thankful for him because he loves sports just as much as I do. I know, I know. I scored. Guys totally into sports are so hard to come by these days (wink). But without him to challenge me and answer all my questions when I don’t understand something, I’m not sure where I would be. He knows more about football, I know more about basketball, and we love explaining aspects of the game to each other. We just get each other. So, lastly, for this, I am thankful.
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