So … what is there to give thanks about?

I think that many of us now realize that as students at Loras College, the community we have here makes our friends feel like family. Heck some of us might even be looking forward more to Friendsgiving than actual Thanksgiving with the fam. It makes sense — we can choose our friends but our families can be more of a gift that sometimes we aren’t sure if we want to return or not. Or maybe that’s just me.

This Thanksgiving, in the wake of the various terrorist attacks that have taken place around the world, especially in Paris, I think that it’s time we take extra effort to just be content. This means that we just take this upcoming holiday season to be comfortable with the imperfections in our lives.

There’s a lot of pain and heartbreak that seems to be happening all around the world, and I think that it’s a good time to just be okay with where we are at in life. I’m sure that your grades could be better, that you probably don’t want to get into a heated discussion about religion or politics during Thanksgiving dinner, that you have at least three papers and a presentation due within the next few weeks, and all you want to be is home.

It’s OK. You are right where you are supposed to be and if life isn’t working out the way that you pictured it to be, good — you have something to look forward to working on. Guys, the idea of perfection is a lie, nothing this side of heaven is remotely close to it and honestly life would be pretty damn boring if it were. Find peace in the imperfections.

So this Thanksgiving, laugh with (or at) the relative who’s drinking too much, gorge yourself on food until you hate yourself for eating the third serving and stuffing, and just know the fact that you are celebrating Thanksgiving is something to be immensely grateful for. I’m sure that a majority of people around the world would love to be in our places this year. Try out contentment, and see how it works this Turkey Day. Gobble Gobble.

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