Thanksgiving is a time for football and food. There is always so much food- turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, rolls, casseroles, all kinds of pie and so much more.
Thanksgiving isn’t really about food though; it’s about the family and friends that gather to enjoy the holiday together. It’s about remembering to be thankful for everything you do have, rather than being upset about what you don’t have. Remember to appreciate everything you have throughout the year, not just on Thanksgiving.
This week the writing editors of The Jambar got together and wrote about what they’re thankful for this holiday season.
This season I’m thankful for my wonderful staff who have become some of my best friends. I’m excited to be a part of a group that is so dedicated and so friendly. The Jambar attracts the most wonderful personalities, and even though they’re all so different, they get along so well. We call ourselves The Jamily, because it is really a second family to some people. I work with some truly amazing people, so I really feel the family atmosphere this semester, like I never have before. I am thankful for my family, especially those I know I can truly count on when I’m having trouble. I love my Jamily.
It’s tough to limit the things I’m thankful for to a few sentences or so. To narrow it down, I guess it’s easiest to take a look at where I am. Since last Thanksgiving, I have gone from reporting my earliest stories to holding an editorial position at The Jambar. In May, I will be graduating from YSU and stepping into the “real world.” Who brought me to this point? My family has always supported my decisions and achievements. My teachers and professors over the years have taught me how to succeed in a professional field. My friends and coworkers have helped make the journey one to remember. All of the people in my life shape who I’ve become and whom I inspire to be, and words don’t express how important they have been to my life.
When Thanksgiving comes around we all begin to think about things we are thankful for. Many times, the obvious subjects come up: friends, family, love. But when I stop and give it a deeper thought, I come up with something I guess I never thought I’d be thanking. I’m thankful for the struggle. In a world where nothing is handed to you, where you have to work for everything and you know what loss means, you realize that without this struggle you would never have the strength to persevere. Be thankful for the fight because it’s making you a stronger person. It’s preparing you for future obstacles and when others won’t know how to overcome, you will prosper with the strength and guidance you learned throughout the years.
This year, I’m most thankful for my friends and family and everything they do. I’ve grown so much as a person over this past year, and it’s mostly because of the amazing people I surround myself with that keep me going. And for the events and people in my life who have taught me hard-learned lessons, thank you. Without you, I don’t think I would’ve come to appreciate the good people and circumstances in my life as much as I do now. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Every year people ask you what exactly you are thankful for and I guess that means me too. I’m thankful for many things each year that maybe I don’t express all the time. I’m definitely thankful for family above all. They support me through all my endeavors and I appreciate them very much. Beyond family, I’m always thankful for sports. Without sports, I wouldn’t have a career. Also, I’ll always be thankful for the opportunities I’ve been afforded. Not everyone gets to be in the spot I’m in during my life and career and for that, I’m thankful.
When it comes to things I am thankful for, the people I work with at The Jambar is a no-brainer. They are like a second family to me, hence why we call ourselves the Jamily, and the times I’ve spent with them, and the memories made amongst all of us, are irreplaceable. In addition to my newspaper family, my friends, who have stuck with me through thick and thin, are definitely on my “what I’m thankful for” list (you know who you are). Last but certainly not least, my father and my brother. I love them with all of my heart.
Arts and Entertainment Editor