I’m a bit late to the party, Thanksgiving has already happened. To be honest, I was never invited to the party in the first place. I’m from England, we don’t celebrate it over here.

Closest I got to celebrations, was celebrating my love for tea. How very “British” of me!

My reasoning for this post though, is because of all the people I saw giving thanks during the holiday. It’s one of the things Social Media is good for. You have the ability to gain knowledge and insight into people/cultures/holidays you otherwise wouldn’t know or care about.

As I read through the list, I sat and wondered… A lot has happened these past few months, things that make you appreciate the little things. So what am I thankful for?

I’ve been thinking about it since. What are the things that make my life mean something? Who or what makes me smile? What do I enjoy? So I figured I’d tell you all what I am indeed thankful for.

First off is friendships. I don’t want to sound like a cheesy anime character, but never underestimate the power of friendship!

The people who surround you are the backbone of who you are. Arnold Schwarzenegger once said that nobody can go through life alone, and that he isn’t a self made man, because he had help. Not a direct quote, but you get the point don’t you? My friends have helped me along my path to discovering myself. Without them, I wouldn’t have gotten this far. We all need someone, that much is true. Whether it’s one friend or a hundred friends, it’s always a better alternative to going alone.

Another thing I’m thankful for is music. I don’t think people quite understand the impact music has. If you look back at the past 10 or 15 years of music, so much of it is over produced garbage with no meaning. Sure they’re catchy, they’re fun – I admit, I like a few of them. The issue is that as people, we crave relatability.

We want things to resonate with our soul. Granted generations prior didn’t even write half their material, they had ghostwriters, but we could still interpret it our own way. I don’t want to hear about how someone sucked a dick and the guy didn’t like it. I want to hear how the singer of this band had a rough life, and is doing what he can to make things better.

This is why I’m thankful moreso, for the rock/metal/punk scenes. It’s not because “they aren’t mainstream so I’m edgy”, it’s because they tend to speak to me on a personal level, and don’t seem to care for commercial popularity. Basically, without music I don’t know what I’d do. I don’t know if I’d be here. Whomever you are, reading this – I’m glad you’ve got music too.

How could I forget this next one? Family. Me and my family have been through a lot together. We’ve seen some tough times and decreased in size over the years, but we’re stronger than ever before and I love them all very much.

Being the eldest out of myself and my 2 sisters, I try to do what I can to lead the charge, be a role model. I don’t do a very good job mind, but I still try. Moreso now for my 2 nephew’s, whom I love very much also.

I hope they can look at me when they’re older and say, “Wow, Uncle Michael is really cool, I want to be just like him!”. That’s the dream anyway!

I’ll finalise my list with this one, because I’m thankful for life. Life is indeed too short, and I intend to make the most of what I have been given. I might live forever, I might only love for another week, I’ll never know. It’s a precious thing though isn’t it? When you look back at so many people whose lives were cut short.

Some aren’t even born… Yet we are here, breathing the same air and with a whole world around us. I understand that the world kind of sucks, but the way I see it is as follows; just because the world suck, doesn’t mean my personal experience in it has to suck. I will not take it for granted, I will instead enjoy it whilst I still have it!

I’d also like to say a big thank you to those who took the time to read this. These blogs help me get my thoughts and feelings out, and I very much appreciate you taking time out of your day to acknowledge them.

Post by Michael Sallabank

3 thoughts on “Thankful”

  1. As an American living in Britain, I feel I have the right to pretend I’m an expert on Thanksgiving. Many American families (and Thanksgiving’s primarily a family holiday) ignore the Thanks part of the holiday and simply gather, eat, and either enjoy each other or get into the same old arguments and grumps. Others take time to say what they’re thankful for. Personally, I think gratitude works better when it’s not formalized or forced, just crops up spontaneously, as it has here.

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    1. I never understood Thanksgiving in all honesty. It’s the same as Valentine’s Day. I can love who I’m with anytime of the year, and same goes for Thanksgiving; I can be thankful any time of the year. I think as people we should take some time every so often to thank those who really make a difference to ours lives.

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