Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

Thanksgiving is one of the most underrated holidays of the year. At least, in my opinion. And in case you are unaware, Thanksgiving is a holiday held every fourth Thursday of every November. Originally celebrated by the pilgrims in the early 1620s, this holiday really exudes so much to be grateful for. Since 1789, what started as an idea was denied by Thomas Jefferson to make Thanksgiving an official holiday here in the United States. It wasn't until 1863, then president Abraham Lincoln made the day an official holiday. Thanksgiving was celebrated as the last week of Thursday before president Franklin D. Roosevelt took it upon himself to make it the fourth Thursday of the month.

When I was a little girl, my mother use to make a dinner on Thanksgiving Eve. It would consist of gourmet sandwiches, hors d'eouvres, and pie. The family would reminisce about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness over hot chocolate and Christmas music. Most of the time, my mom would get very little sleep because she would be in the kitchen by early am cooking the Thanksgiving meal. Every year she made homemade stuffing (some people refer to it as "dressing" and even "breading") which she would make alone and stuff in the turkey. Then, she would make many sides including classic dishes which are a favorite to this day. The evening would end with an endless amount of cookies and pies, which were always apple or pumpkin themed.

My mom has always been a wonderful woman and I always admired the fact she could take a lot on in spite of working a full time job. Especially when it comes to cooking and baking. Perhaps this is where I got it from. She's in her early 60s now and still manages to do great things in which I respect her immensely. And mom, if you are reading this - I love you.

But the question remains: what am I truly thankful for? 


- First and foremost, I am really thankful to have food to eat. When you look at the world fully, rather than one-dimensionally it is crystal clear that most are unfortunate and do not have food to eat, let alone have the privilege of enjoying a big meal like Thanksgiving with family, friends and loved ones. I am grateful to be able to sit and enjoy good food today with good people.

- As a vegetarian of many years, I can admit that I am in good health. Amazing health actually. Aside from suffering from mild depression (which I really believe is only sporadic) I am both disease-free and drug-free. I do no suffer from any health problem at all. As a 38 year old woman, I am thankful to be in amazing health.

- As an Iranian American woman, I have discovered I am very lucky to be able to use my voice. To me, liberty is something to be truly thankful for. When it comes to the voice, I am very thankful to be able to use mine to and for a higher purpose. And I will continue to express my liberties accordingly, as I have that right. I am so thankful for freedom of speech. "Silence is golden, duct tape is silver, but the voice is platinum," - Sarah Afshar

- A lot of people assume you can live without clothing, but to me, I find it virtually impossible. In fact, the vast majority of status quo society would also share the same mindset in terms of clothing. Especially when we live on a planet that suffers from several problematic climate issues which include global warming. Some people can't afford a warm coat to wear during the winter. This is why I am thankful to have clothes to wear.

- I must say that I am very thankful to have a roof over my head. If you can imagine how many people don't have shelter nor even a place to go, if you have a warm place in which you can call "home" to go to everyday, you should be thankful. I know, I am. That goes without saying, if you have food to eat, clothes to wear and a roof over your head, you are still richer than 80% of the world.

- Life is one thing I am grateful and thankful for. I know this is probably a banal response to the question "What are your thankful for?" however, if you really look at this question, it is only natural to be thankful for life. Right? I am very blessed to live today to write this blog post. There are many who are no longer with us, as there are many who have died young. RIP Morgan. RIP Angela. I am so thankful to be waking up today.

- And with life comes love. I am thankful to have met Sumit. To have found love in my life. Not only is he the love of my life, but he has changed my life for the better. I feel like life, my life has more meaning because of him and with him in my life, I am more motivated and driven than ever. Sumit has changed my perception about quite a few things in which I am both genuinely and wholeheartedly grateful. And Sumit, if you are reading this - I love you.

- When it comes to working, a lot of people are unable to find employment. I am very lucky to have a job. A job that I enjoy. Academic credentials and a strong work ethic can only go so far in this life, as even a Harvard grad may be unable to find employment in this age. I am thankful to have a job.


 Other things that I am thankful for:

- Family and Friends (and people who matter)
- Pets (all animals to be honest, as I love them all)
- The Sun, the Moon and the Stars
- Sleep (and my bed, of course)
- Time
- Steamy Showers (baths too)
- Success and Achievement (and those who encourage it daily)
- Music Music Music
- Electricity
- Safety and Security
- Money in the Bank
- Weekends (Friday nights included)
- Hinduism (as of 2018, I am both Christian and Hindu) 
- Breathing fresh air
- Drinking clean water
- Learning
- Class and Elegance
- Honesty and Respect (the truth will always outweigh a lie and you will get respect if you always tell the truth)
- Vegetarianism
- Plants
- Fresh Fruit
- Bees
- Sunshine, Sunrises and Sunsets
- Rain
- Mountains and Trees
- Oceans, Lakes and Rivers
- The Environment
- Laughter
- Inspiration (because we could use more of it daily)
- The smell of Cardamom
- Gourmet Cheese
- Bandage Dresses
- Mobile Phones
- Anything Beauty (Makeup, Skincare, Hair, etc.)
- The World Wide Web (or an internet connection)
- Independence
- Joy and Happiness (it's all around us)
- Modern Medicine
- Peace of Mind
- Entrepreneurs, Inventors and Visionaries
- Dreams and Imagination
- Writers and Content Producers (and those of you who read us)
- Opinions (because we all have one)
- Memories (and those memory-breeding experiences which create them)
- Vita Coco Coconut Water
- Grocery Stores
- Online Shopping
- The Holidays
- Home Cooked Meals
- Masala Chai Tea (preferably with vanilla almond milk)
- Good News
- Donald Trump as president of the United States
- Anyone who is reading this blog post. Yes - you. Thank you.

On the 22nd of November, I can sit and remember this day forever. As I sip on my moscato writing this blog post, I am can admit that I am so thankful for happiness and very happy today. From my home, to your home - Happy Thanksgiving!

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