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Owens: Things we take for granted

Posted: November 25, 2014 7:55 a.m.
Updated: November 26, 2014 1:00 a.m.


As much as I love Christmas, I have to give Thanksgiving just as much acknowledgement -- unlike a lot of television networks.

When I was younger, I did not fully understand all the celebration Thanksgiving entails. All I associated with Thanksgiving -- from what I was taught in school -- was a time when some pilgrims and Native Americans made peace and sat down to have dinner. I never thought of it as a time to celebrate being thankful for all the good things in my life. I used to think, “Why do I have to openly express what I am thankful for? I know who and what I am thankful to have in my life and that is all that matters.”

As I got older, I realized the truth is, it is nice to let family, friends, colleagues and associates of any kind know every once in a while how great of an impact they have had in my life. We may think our appreciation is understood, but sometimes people need to hear it.

With all that being said, I am thankful for my family, friends and life. I have a large extended family which has always supported and encouraged me to pursue my dreams and make something of myself. I was never told by any family member I could not do something, and they taught me to never allow others to break my spirit by putting me down and telling me any of my heart’s desires were not obtainable. My family molded me into a strong-minded and -willed person who never gives up on what I want to achieve and what needs to get done.

My friends have also been a strong foundation for me. Friends come and go, but I have some who are always available when I need them and I know they always will be. My best friend and I have been tight since middle school, and we have more in common than anyone else I know, so we “get” each other on so many levels. We, of course, have experienced turbulent times but we always recover. Although we are hugely similar to one another, my best friend and I do have our differences and that is where my other friends come into play. Friends make some of the best counselors. I may not be the most expressive person, but the comfort I feel with my friends has encouraged me to be a bit more open.

As cliché as it may sound (as cliché as all of this may sound), I am thankful to be alive and have the opportunity to experience all life has to offer. I can travel, write, learn to play multiple instruments and start a band, work to improve humanity, dance, sing and take life by the horns and (attempt to) make it what I want. Life provides plenty of opportunities and although I will not get to experience them all, I am thankful to have the option to choose which ones I want to take part in.



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