What I’m thankful for

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Today it’s Thanksgiving in the United States and even though we don’t celebrate anything like it in The Netherlands I still want to write a post on the things in my life for which I’m thankful. I blatantly stole this idea from Diva who made a squidoo lens about this topic a while ago. She is trying to come up with 100 things she’s thankful for, which is a bit much for me. Not that I couldn’t think of 100 things to be thankful for, but that would be a bit much for one blog post! So, here’s 5 things I’m thankful for.

1.) My job

No matter how taxing it can sometimes be, I’m very thankful for my job. Not only because I have a job to begin with, but because I also have one which I enjoy because it’s fun, challenging and rewarding. I have written about being a teacher before and it’s something that I enjoy doing tremendously. It gives me energy, a great sense of fulfillment and it pays the bills (not unimportantly).

2.) My family & friends

Cheesy I know, but if it’s not for friends & family, what would we have left? I enjoy spending time by myself, but hanging out with friends and staying with my family always make me happy. In a why it’s them who made me who I am today and I cherish every moment I spend with them. Especially with my family: I usually see them only once every 6 – 8 weeks. I see my extended family (uncles, aunts etc) even less, which in my family is rare as we’re all very tight knit. I actually have to celebrate my birthday and make conscious efforts to go to birthdays and family reunions just so I’ll get to see them. It’s all worth it though.

3.) Music & dance

I don’t know what I’d do without those two things. They’re my two major ways of expression of emotions and my only way of venting energy, anger, frustration and other negative but also positive feelings. If it wasn’t for this I think I would have driven myself mad at a certain point in time.

4.) My intellect

Now I’m not trying to brag here, but I like the fact that I at least have enough smarts and wit in me to grasp complex ideas and concepts. As annoying as I sometimes find my overactive and overrational brain, I also realize that that is what got me the job I love and that it is what makes me function all around. I enjoy studying and learning new things in any way possible and I drink it all up without any problems. So yes, I’m definitely for the fact that I can say: all this and brains too! 😉

5.) My knowledge of English

Pff where would I be if I wouldn’t have mastered English at the level I’m at? This blog wouldn’t exist for one. I wouldn’t have been able to meet some of the awesome friends I have made over the years, nor would I have that job, have gone to university or would have been able to spend a year abroad. Learning a foreign language definitely opened up a world beyond my wildest dreams which is probably why I love it so much and why I’m fascinated by it.

Q: What are you thankful for?

2 responses to “What I’m thankful for”

  1. Petra van der Heijden Avatar

    Ik ben dankbaar dat mijn ouders nog leven, met elkaar, in aardig goede gezondheid! Ik ben dankbaar dat ik geboren ben in deze tijd en cultuur, want dat geeft me een leven zonder ontberingen, goede gezondheidszorg + de mogelijkheid om mezelf te ontplooien en de wereld te zien 😀 zelfs in mijn eigen achtertuin 😀 Ik ben dankbaar dat ik goed kan zien en horen, zodat ik kan genieten van muziek, kunst, architectuur en design! En (last but not least) ik ben dankbaar voor mijn echtgenoot 😉

  2. indiequeen84 Avatar

    Mooi gezegd! Ben ik het volkomen mee eens!

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