Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and I thought I'd take a break from cooking to write about the things I'm thankful for.
I'm grateful I was given the chance to pursue my own path. A lot of parents want their child to go into a field that's stable, guaranteed, and likely to be easier than the path of the generation that came before them. There's nothing but good intent behind those wishes, but my parents were wise enough to recognize that I needed to see where the less stable, but wildly more fulfilling, path of music school would take me.
I'm grateful I live in a safe neighborhood. I managed to find an apartment in an area that doesn't make me fear for my life or for my bodily safety. Of course I take the same precautions as anyone else who lives in a city, but I don't live in a war zone and I'm fervently thankful for that.
I'm grateful for the things in my life that give me purpose. I have a thriving studio of flute students, a full-time job with benefits, coworkers who feel like family, this blog that keeps me writing and thinking, and two lovely little cats who think I'm the best.
I'm grateful for the food cooking in my oven right now. Even though sometimes money feels tight, I've never gone to bed hungry because I had nothing to eat. I'm able to provide for myself, and that's not something that everyone is able to do.
I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving if you observe it, and I encourage you think about all the things in your life that you're lucky to have. Happy holidays!