Hello everyone! It has been well over a year since my last entry… what a load of fail! At any rate, I am feeling very pensive and contemplative at the moment so I have decided to take advantage and try to write something thoughtful.
So, with Thanksgiving just around the corner (a day of mass food coma), I thought it would be fun to discuss just some of the things in my life that I am very thankful for. To make this post more readable, I will list the things I am thankful for and provide a detailed explanation for what each blessing means to me. Here we go!
I am thankful for…
1. My Family
For me, this is probably the #1 thing I am most thankful for (hopefully it is yours as well). I have two very wonderful, awesome parents who work their bones off day and night so that they could provide me a life they never had growing up. Sacrificing everything they had in Korea and starting with nothing, they have taught me the value of hard work and perseverance, something I try to carry with me at all times. Most importantly, they are always nurturing me spiritually, always pushing and raising me to be a powerful man of God. I mean honestly, what more can you ask for? I am forever grateful Mom and Dad, I love you! 🙂
Of course, I can’t forget my sister and my brother in law. They are two individuals who have made the biggest impact in my life. My sister, who is my biggest critic, is a wise owl and because of her, I have been saved from myself many times. Always saying it like it is, she is never afraid to give someone a butt whooping if necessary. Her strength and wisdom is very inspiring, love you sis!
Kevin, my awesome brother in law! He was there for me in my toughest hours and in the last couple of years, took me under his wing where I have learned oh so much. A true gentlemen, he defined for me what it means to be a Christian and how to live a Christ-centered life, always leading by example rather than by words. I can write a book about the things I have learned from this man, but I would say this was the most important. Thank you Kevin, for being the awesome brother I never had, love you man!
2. My Friends
I have had the fortune of being surrounded by some great people who I could always confide in. Friendship is something very dear to me and something I constantly try not to take for granted. In particular, I have had a friend who I have known for nearly half my life; we went through so much together, good and bad. With so many memories, I feel so blessed that our friendship has stood the test of time. You know who you are man, you are the best sir!
3. Being able to work
I don’t think I need to explain too much about this one. As redundant as it is, times are tough and sometimes you just have to take what you can get. I was lucky enough to find a job after undergrad and am even luckier because I get to work alongside with some of the greatest human beings you will ever meet. Never will you find a place with such quality people. I hope to continue working with these folks as long as possible.
4. Receiving a quality education
My time in college was most certainly some of the best times in my life. Even better was my time with some of the most greatest history professors life has to offer. They constantly pushed me, challenging me to take my learning to new heights. I remember those good old days I would procrastinate, writing a 25 page paper 2 days before it was due (don’t worry, I passed :P). Although painful at times, it was those moments of just constant studying and researching that strengthened my passion for writing and history. My hope is to take this passion to the next level and pursue a career that will be personally fulfilling.
5. My Struggles
Wait, you must be thinking I’m some kind of crazy masochist but I assure you it’s not like that! Even though sometimes unpleasant things have happened in my life, I have always managed to overcome those challenges and become stronger than ever. I firmly believe that while life is a joy, it is also a struggle. However, I like to flip this around and try to find joy in adversity.
There was this one time I was being tutored in geometry and for the life of me I could not solve a problem. I was visibly frustrated but my tutor kept pushing me and with enough persistence I solved it. Afterwards, he would tell me, “You were able to solve this problem because you struggled. It is only by struggling we are able to learn.” I remembered these words 7 years later and it still rings true. There is no substitute for experience than through calamity. Just think about all the times you have suffered and see where you are at now, and I’m quite sure you will be able to look back at it with a more mature/calm perspective compared to time while it was happening.
So in retrospect, I think this just about sums about what I am thankful for and why. I have other things in mind but these five things to me are the most profound. As redundant and obvious as it is, I am a very fortunate individual. How can I show my gratitude without words? I firmly believe one good turn deserves another, so my goal is to share my blessings with others in hopes that I can positively impact their lives. This quote by John F. Kennedy comes to mind:
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
At any rate, I hope you have all enjoyed my long tirade although I guess a year of not blogging constitutes a post of this magnitude. Please comment and I would love to hear what you are most thankful for! Have a great Thanksgiving, don’t go too crazy on the food or trample people on Black Friday!