December 14 – Appreciate. What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it?
2010 has been quite an eventful year for me: my mom passed away, I turned 25, I performed in two dance concerts, and I graduated from college. Throughout the course of these events that have happened within the last year, I’ve realized something important: I have family and friends who love me, believe in me, and will support me no matter what.
After my mom’s cancer returned earlier this year, I had friends, family friends, and relatives reaching out to help me and my family in every way possible. My friends gave me their shoulders to cry on and did their best to make me laugh or smile whenever possible. My family friends brought over cards and flowers for my mom. And when my mom inevitably passed away, my relatives supplied all of the food for her Celebration of Life Memorial.
Once my 25th birthday came around in May, my family and friends did everything they could to make my day special. My girlfriends went wine tasting with me during the day and out to dinner with me at night. My roommate and dad cooked special meals for me. And both of my family members and friends showered me with homemade cupcakes, flowers, and thoughtful gifts.
When it came time for me to perform in my dance concerts, my family and friends were all in attendance. They paid for tickets and for parking. They showed up early and took me out to eat afterward. They brought me flowers, and they sat front and center.
The closer I became to finishing up my last semester of college and graduating, the more my family and friends cheered me on. When I told them about my after-college plans for teaching in another country next year, they expressed genuine encouragement and excitement for me. After completing my very last final, some of my co-workers took me out drinking to celebrate. And on my graduation day, many of my family and friends were there to celebrate my important day with me.
The evening of my graduation day, I went out to dinner with some of my closest friends. Once all nine of us sat down at the dinner table and began looking over the menu, my friend Kiersten leaned over to me and said, “Look at all these people here at your graduation dinner. You are so loved.” After Kiersten said this to me, I took a good look around the table. “I am,” I replied. “I really am.”
In 2010, the one thing I have come to appreciate the most is the love, belief, and support of my family and friends. I plan on expressing my gratitude by constantly showing my love, belief, and support for them in return.