Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated in Korea; instead Koreans celebrate Chuseok which takes place in September, and it’s more about getting together with their families and eating lots of food, rather than reflecting on what they’re thankful for.
Even though I won’t be officially celebrating Thanksgiving this year, I still want to focus on what I’m thankful for in my life. Besides, I’ve been blessed with a lot of amazing changes this year, so I think some openly expressed gratitude is long overdue:
I’m thankful for…
… my family: my dad, my mom, my sisters, and brother. I’m thankful that my dad beat his battle with prostate cancer this past March. I’m thankful that my mom continues to protect and watch over me even though she’s in another place. I’m thankful that my little siblings are all going to school, working, and are making good choices in their lives; I’m extremely proud of all of them.
… my boyfriend Chris. I’m thankful for the amazing way he treats me and the sweet, thoughtful things he does for me on a regular basis. I’m thankful that he is so patient and understanding. I’m thankful for his never-ending support for everything I do and want to do in life. I’m thankful that he has visited me twice in Korea so far and is visiting me again in a month. I’m thankful I finally found him.
… my friends back home. I’m thankful they send me emails and FB messages to update me on what’s happening in their lives. I’m thankful they read my blog and stalk me on Twitter to stay up-to-date on my life. I’m thankful they send me care packages and postcards. I’m thankful that they’ve always been such great friends.
…my job. I’m thankful that I have a job that is fun, challenging, rewarding, and is a good stepping stone for the career I want in life. I’m thankful that my job pays well and offers a lot of great benefits for me. I’m thankful for my co-teachers who are there in a second if I ever need help. I’m thankful for my students and the joy they bring into my life on a daily basis.
… my life in Korea. I know that I’ve done a good amount of complaining about Korea (some of the food, the weather, cultural differences, etc.), but I really am thankful for the opportunity to live here for a year. Life here has become so normal to me that sometimes I forget “Hey! I’m living in another country, and that’s pretty awesome.” I’m immensely grateful that this experience fell into my lap, and I’m glad that I had the courage to take it.
What are your plans for Thanksgiving? What are you thankful for this year?