Today, I am thankful for what I got: a loving family, an adorably beautiful baby niece, an infinitely supportive and kind boyfriend, fun and loyal and true friends scattered near and far around the world, and a lifestyle with a, mostly, balanced proportion of hard work and indulgence. I am thankful for continued travels, for new exciting adventures, for those people, big and small, strange and dear, superficial and profound, that I have met and engaged with along the way. I am thankful that I brought my old but trusted car into the shop just in time to replace my worn, and now dangerous, tires, that the mechanics there were honest and straightforward and exceedingly helpful. I am thankful that my mother and sister are such incredible cooks, always willing to share with me their delicious bounty. I am thankful for my education, which served to bolster and solidify a life of intellectual curiosity and passion, of learning and discovery. For timeless classics, for evolution and adaptation and flexibility, for tradition with new growth. For the words I speak, the stories I tell and those others share with me. For the clean air I breathe and a steadily beating heart.
(image taken from Dying for Chocolate)