As I write this column, we have just passed the Thanksgiving weekend. Like many people, I use this time of year to reflect on everything and everyone I am thankful to have in my life. Though this is something I personally think about every year, this year I will use my column to talk about some of the things I’m thankful for, and hopefully inspire others to self reflect on everything good in their lives.
For starters, I’m thankful for supportive friends and family. These are people that have been there for me through the good times and the difficult times. I have a great circle of friends who I know I can talk whenever I need to rant about a tough day, or bounce ideas off of, or to joke with. I can also hang out with them when I need to de-stress. The support from my family has always been great. I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to go through the Journalism program in college if it wasn’t for their support, and the support has never stopped from there. They have always shown their interest in whatever I’m working on. I’m happy whenever I come home, because I know I can count on them to be understanding, supportive, easy to talk to and to lighten the mood when need be.
On that same side, I’m thankful to have my pet cat Darcy. Sometimes just petting her for a couple minutes can help relax me. When I am alone in a room at home, she comes in to keep me company. She’s a good listener too.
As a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, I’m also thankful for hockey. The sport gives me something to look forward to watching at the end of the day, or something different to write about in my local coverage. As well, sports are always interesting as at any given moment something unpredictable could happen that could surprise you. Like the St. Louis Blues turning a terrible start to their season into a Stanley Cup victory. Though I’m sure many Leafs fans will agree, the game can be a bit stressful at times, especially when your team has a long recent history of playoff struggles and losing, but I can’t imagine my life without the sport.
Lastly, I’m thankful to live in the nice quiet neighbourhood of Janetville. It’s great to live in a small community where there’s not a lot of traffic going by your house and it seems like people are friendlier. This, I think, is because of the smaller population, people are closer because they get to know their neighbours more personally.
I have a lot to be thankful for, and I encourage others to take time to reflect on what or who they are thankful for.