Today is the day we all reflect on the things we’re thankful for. It could be as mundane as indoor plumbing or as meaningful as the health of the people we love.
This has been a trying year for me, and I’m thankful to just have made it through. But I’ve been blessed with so much, too, from friends who are always up for a gabfest at a new ramen shop to the sudden recovery of a nagging lower back injury. I’ve gotten to travel to five foreign countries, interview celebrity chefs and professional surfers, crew on the Hōkūleʻa, hike, surf and spend time with my dogs. I’m healthy, I’ve got the best landlords, I have medical insurance — life is good.
But here’s the thing: we shouldn’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to think about the things we normally take for granted.
It’s good that we have days like this. (I feel the same way about Valentine’s Day, too, that we shouldn’t wait until February 14 to do something special for your loved ones.) It’s a great reminder of what’s important — namely, family, friends, healthy and happiness. But we should count our blessings every day. Because like is finicky and unpredictable. You just never know what will happen tomorrow.
So enjoy today. Eat too much and don’t check your emails. Lay around the house and just watch football. Screw the chores and the laundry and just relax. And be thankful you can do that today.
Because Christmas is 27 days away, and you’ll likely not have this chance again!