- Obviously, my family and friends come first. Without them, I would not be the person I am today and I am pretty happy with how I turned out :)
- Music. Music has been a tremendous part of my life growing up and I don’t know how I could live without it.
- Being able to breathe. Sometimes, it can be hard to take a step back and just take a deep breath. I am lucky to be able to control my stress and take a well-deserved break when needed.
- Living where I do in the world. If I were living in the middle east, I would be in the middle of a huge war. If I were living in the deserts of Africa, I would probably not have running water and easy access to food. If I were living in China, I would be breathing in toxic air all day. Be thankful that you do not live in poverty, in a warzone, or in pollution.
- Being able to make positive changes. My main goal in life is to spread equality and happiness wherever I go, and to help improve my life and the lives of others by making a difference.
- Being able to be happy. Some people struggle with this. I know life can get hard at times, but there’s always a better tomorrow somewhere down the road.
- Living my life freely. Millions of people get executed for their religious beliefs or other personal choices they’ve made. I’m happy to live in a free country where I can make my own decisions and not have to worry about deadly consequences.
- Internet friends. I have a list of 6 internet friends: Larissa, Beth, Delaney, Abby, Lilith, and Carol. Even with some of them being all the way around the world, and others as close as Kansas, they all have made huge positive impacts on my life. I know that whenever I’m completely alone, they will always be there for me. Even when my real life friends may bail on me, I know they will be there to help me back up. Love you guys <3
- One Direction. “Oh my gosh but One Direction is for little girls!” First of all, no. Second of all, you can mock me all you want, but the amount of times they have saved me are countless, so please, don’t ridicule. You never know someone’s reasons for liking a certain band that the media portrays as “bubblegum pop.” (Which they most definitely are not. To find out for yourself, buy “No Control” on iTunes and give it a listen!!)
- Netflix. Without Netflix, how else would I spend my free time?
- All social media platforms to be completely honest. Having social media in this day and age is a vital way of learning about current events all over the world. Social media led me to feminism and many other sources of happiness in my life (a.k.a internet friends & One Direction).
- A cozy bed. If you have ever been to my house and laid on my bed, you would know that it feels like you’re lying on a cloud… just saying.
- Space heaters. As I am writing this, I’m sitting right next to one and it’s pretty darn amazing. Also because I am living on the south side of my house, so I get all the frigid air right in my bedroom. The space heater keeps me warm at night.
- Dr. Pepper. Again, as I am writing this, I am drinking a Dr. Pepper. It’s a good source of energy, you feel?
- Doctor Who. This television show has forever changed my life. It changed my perception of the universe, how life is out there-yet to be discovered, and how tiny we actually are in comparison to the rest of the universe (see #16).
- The universe. There’s so much to be explored and I want to see it all. Its endless beauty is so remarkable and it intrigues me so much. It gives me hope for a better world someday where not everyone is constantly arguing over everything.
- The Sun. Without it, we would all be frozen. Thank the Sun for keeping us warm.
- Food, water, all the necessities. These are pretty much self-explanatory.
- Disney. All of the Disney movies that I watched growing up taught me how to sing and be kind to everyone.
- St. Louis Bread Company/Panera. Have you ever had their hot chocolate? You need to try it, it’s absolutely amazing.
- Pets. When I’m having a bad day, I can just grab one of my two cats, Loki and Lani, or my dog, Chip, and cuddle with them. Instantly makes my day.
- Feminism. It has completely changed who I am as a person and taught me things I would have never known without it. It made me more aware of what I say and do.
- Theatre. With theatre, I have found so many new friends. I finally feel like I truly belong somewhere.
- Having an education. This is a privilege I take for granted a lot. Having an education means being able to make a change in this world and hopefully spread the knowledge I have to others.
- Love. It keeps me out of trouble. It makes me feel safe. It makes me feel happy. I am so eternally grateful for love.
There’s so much to be thankful for everyday. Here’s a list of what I am thankful for the most.