I am a 21 year old graduating senior. I understand that I am still young, but after the terrible passing of 24 year-old Greg Hallman and Thanksgiving approaching, I can’t help but to reflect everything that has happened in my life. There are so many wonderful things that have happened in my life and as an Industrialized Country dweller, I know that these experiences have been a blessing. It was tough to narrow everything I’m thankful for to 5 things, but here it is:
5. Potentially having a winning season for Husky football. When I came to UW as a freshman, the season concluded with zero wins… We have an opportunity to finish 7-5 this season! I am still disappointed with the loss at OSU… but it’s better than losing to every team in the Pac-Conference! Already being bowl eligible is a great way to start senior year!
4. Getting into the University of Washington. My father attended this very same campus. Being a UW student has been the greatest 3.5 years of my life. Now, I’m very excited to graduate and utilize everything I have learned and share it with the world. Gotta rep my Huskies!
3. Being raised in Seattle, the best city in the world. This city is where I have lived since I could remember. All my childhood memories are at Bryant Elementary, Eckstein Middle, and Garfield High. Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, and Quincy Jones are from here. You can’t beat that.
2. Having fierce friends. Having parents who live out of the country is especially tough for a college student. However, I’ve learned it’s not so bad with a great group of friends. My friend, Mimi, had a Friendsgiving dinner last night, and it allowed me to appreciate and cherish the friendships I have made in college.
1. The Kye Family. I come from a unique family. We have had our hurdles, but we’re still a very tight bunch. Love you guys, forevs.
I’m going to wrap up this post by asking you to reflect upon your life. Readers of this blog are probably from an Industrialized Country. We have it so good up here, guys. The Global South is growing, almost at an exponential rate. Regardless of controversial politics and growing debts, we are so lucky to even have the convenience of having a roof over our heads, having access to public transportation, and even this laptop I’m using to write this blog post. I grew up working class, yet my mother raised my brother and I to always be charitable because no matter how tough things are, we still have it so much better than many others on this Earth. Instead of adding more things to our holiday wish-lists, how about volunteering for the local food bank of making donations to organizations in need? How about putting the “giving” into our “thanks?”