Thanksgiving is two days away. This time of year is when people remember and show gratitude for the things they’re thankful for, but it’s also around this time of year where some people, like myself, start to focus what they lack and what went wrong over the past year.
It’s so easy to focus on all the negatives and get caught up in sadness and anger that we tend to forget that we still have so much to be thankful for.
For me, this time of year reminds me of all the hardships I faced. In the past year and a half alone I’ve faced more hardships, been pushed to my breaking point, and have let myself become emotionally unstable more times than I can count. I don’t even want to think about adding all these times to everything that happened before last year.
Whenever I go through hard times, whether it’s heartbreak, rejection, failure, or anything else – I go through it dragging my feet and complaining (mostly to myself) every step of the way. The stress and pain of going through those times becomes unbearable, but the truth is, I’m thankful for each and every hardship that I’ve faced.
It’s because of those hardships that I’m able to really appreciate and enjoy all of my good times. It’s because of my hardships that I’ve learned what really matters in my crazy life.
I’m thankful that I’ve learned to always look for the light in my darkness. I’m thankful that even though I hate going through it, each hardship has made me a stronger person. I’m thankful that each hardship has added to my story.
To anyone who is even the least bit like me around this holiday, who has had a rough year and doesn’t know how they’ve made it this far – I challenge you to look past all of that and look for the good that’s in the bad.
Regardless of what you’re going through or have been through, there will always be something to be thankful for, you just have to look hard enough.