My (Post) Thanksgiving Thankful List

December 7, 2012 at 2:45 AM | Posted in (All Posts) | Leave a comment
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During the month of November, whenever I would check my Facebook or Twitter, I would see a string of posts where people count the days of the month and state something they are thankful for. Unfortunately, I missed out on all this. I guess the month of November was a struggle for me to get through with classes, and I can admit I spent a large part of the month questioning if I made the right decision coming here. It was always back and forth with my feelings, but I never took the time to be thankful for anything. I missed out on Thanksgiving back in the US and while I didn’t realize how much I missed my family, I think I knew something was missing.

So I thought I’d do a post about all of the things I have to be thankful for this year. Yes I know this is December 7th (to be fair, it’s still December 6th in the US), but it’s never too late to count your Thanksgiving blessings, right?

This year, I’m thankful for…

* Family. I don’t want to get too specific about my family on this website, but I have to say just how important is to me. My Mom has supported me 100% of the way throughout my entire life. If I could ever work up the courage to ask to try something (like a new sport — or studying abroad), she never talked me out of it. She was realistic and made me put my dreams in perspective, and sometimes I gave up too easy, but she has been proud of me no matter what happened. You hear this kind of thing a lot when it comes to people talking about their family, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true for me. And I could go on — about my brother and sister-in-law — my wonderful nieces — one of which I haven’t had the chance to meet yet. I feel like my place in the world is not necessarily back home (right now) and I’m thankful my family supports me in this.

* Coke Zero. I am serious. Coke Zero.

Zero calories — and I can’t even say it has the same taste as regular Coke. It’s better. I like to think of myself as a health enthusiast, and I watch my calorie in take (I won’t lie). I like to fill up my daily intake of calories with meaningful things — like protein and good carbohydrates. Of course I mess up every now and then, but Coke Zero is never one of those mistakes. Zero calories. You can drink a two liter and get this fantastic taste with no repercussions. Sure — there’s the lunatics who say that diet drinks can have effects we are not aware of. Well I will gladly sign up as the first experiment. So far, I think the only side effect is it makes you want to study in a different country and go to the gym. Not bad habits.

* Good Roommates. I know people who have gone through university experiences with terrible roommates. I can honestly say that has never really happened to me. I currently have about five roommates — and we all share two bathrooms and one living area. It could be a recipe for an uncomfortable living space, but it’s really not at all. I hate being 24 years old living in a dorm, but at least I can live with guys who are all around my age and we all get along. It could have been so bad, but I was really fortunate.

* Twitter. Did I mention I have a Twitter? It’s not really blowing up yet — but I am a little bit addicted now. If for nothing else, I love being able to see what people I admire are up to. I know it’s been around for quite some time and I was never a supporter, but it is here and probably here to stay for the foreseeable future. Plus — Cliff Compton (Mr. 1859 AKA The Super Domino) is following ME. Following ME. What have you done today? Domino

Eat your heart out.

And yes I see how many people he is following. But still. If Mr. 1859 is following Flying_Mason, why aren’t you?

* Barley Tea. I will be honest. When I came to Korea, my digestive system had to readjust. Let me be blunt here — whenever I would take a dump in Korea, it was like a rabbit. But then I discovered Barley Tea. This stuff … not only regulates you. It will give you some of the best dumps of your life. I know it’s a gross subject to talk about. But going to the toilet is important. And so I am thankful this stuff exists.

^ Magic in a box.

* Being a 2012 KGSP Scholar. This program I am currently in at Sunkyungkwan University is extremely difficult. You have heard me say this at least 100 times now. But seriously — one year ago, I was just wanting to get to that point at graduation. If I got into graduate school — that was a plus, but I wasn’t expecting it. When I got accepted into a few schools, I was stoked, but to imagine being part of the Korean Government Scholarship Program? That seemed unreal. And yet I achieved it. Sometimes I am still in disbelief. In some ways, it hasn’t been everything I expected, and in other ways it totally has. I don’t even remember what I imagined at this point. But at the end of the day when I look back at where I am and what I’m studying and the life I have, it really is not all that bad. On one hand, I feel like I’m wasting time, but on the other hand, I feel like there is unlimited potential.

Honorable Mentions:

*My iPod
*Whey Protein
*사과들이
*Cass Light
*My Cool Nike Tennis Shoes
*Good Friends Around The World
*Mario Kart Wii
*Minnesota Timberwolves
*Tom Hardy
*Matt Cappotelli
*Giant Monster Movies

I think that about covers it. There is definitely more, but it’s about time I wrapped this up. Until next time!

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