Notes from the Opinion Editor: November


Havon Ha, Opinion Editor

Hi everyone!  It’s November, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  And as you’ve probably heard, you should take some time and reflect on what you’re grateful for.  I know, it seems cheesy, but sometimes taking a look at your life can really open your eyes to the great things in it.  

As someone who enjoys taking a step back and reflecting, I’ve found plenty of things to be grateful for.  Of course, my parents and siblings have always been my biggest fans and I couldn’t be more grateful for the support they’ve provided me with throughout my life.  This may also sound really overused, but I really am grateful for all my teachers, current and past.  They’ve given me the support that I need to succeed in my education and they’ve encouraged me to get myself out there and try to push my boundaries.  

Oddly enough, I’m also grateful for the people who have done me wrong and made me the person I am today.  Yes, it wasn’t a pleasant experience at the time, or even now, but it’s shaped me into the person I am today.  I’ve stopped tolerating things that weren’t right with me, and I’ve become more honest about my opinions.  They’ve shown me my worth and they’ve shown me who is worth my time.  I’ve never been a confrontational person, but if something is bothering me, I take action to get it resolved.

And finally, I’m grateful for, well, myself.  It sounds conceited, but it’s true.  I’M the one who gets through whatever challenges I go through.  I’M the one who takes care of my schoolwork and maintains a balance in every aspect of my life.  I’M the one who makes the decisions to take on a challenge and I’M the one who pushes myself to complete it.  I’m grateful for my resilience to get through some of my struggles.  I’m grateful for my ability to keep my life balanced.  I’m grateful for my ability to step back and reflect.  I’m grateful for ME.  

I hope this gives you some ideas of things to be grateful for.  Even if you feel like you don’t have much to be grateful for, I strongly advise you to just take some time to reflect on the positive parts of your life, whether it be friends, teachers, parents, or even yourself, for getting you through your toughest times.  Happy Thanksgiving, and I hope you all have a great break!