Grad School. Yes, sometimes I’m tempted to quit. I really, really want a break longer than a week (in my program, we only get one week off after every ten-week term). And right now, I’m avoiding doing my homework. But ultimately, I love school, and I’m grateful that I’m able to get the education that I want.
Books. This is such a nerdy answer, I know. But books have helped me in so many ways. As an introvert, I get to travel the world and meet new people and try new things without ever having to leave my bedroom (I still want to actually do all those things in real life, but books are cheaper). Which doesn’t even compare to the fact that books got me through some tough years. For most of my childhood and adolescence, I was friendless and bullied and depressed and had a mother that was less than understanding. Books made me feel less alone.
My Family. Yes, they drive me up the wall most of the time. And occasionally, I want nothing more than to get as far as possible away from them. But I’m grateful that I have a loving extended family and I can almost always count on someone being there for me, even if I just need a cup of coffee and a bitch session with my cousins.
My Brain. I honestly don’t know who I am without my intellect. I’m nowhere near genius by any means (believe me), but I am smart. I see so many people around me that don’t really have a desire to learn and it’s made me really thankful that I have a genuine thirst for knowledge. Hopefully, one day, it will translate into something really cool.
The Internet. It honestly took me a while to come up with a fifth thing I’m thankful for. But I decided I really am thankful for the ability to look things up instantly. I’ve used real reference books and even microfilm, and there is no way I’d be able to learn so many new things so quickly without the internet. Also, Netflix… and Amazon.