It’s Thanksgiving. It is a time for traveling, a time for enjoying a nice meal, and above all a time for giving thanks. The streets of Boston may be empty, but soon enough many of us will gather around our televisions to watch as 77th Street and Central Park West in New York City come alive with the beginning of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. All of us will celebrate in a different way with various traditions, including watching our favorite teams play football after dinner. What brings us together and provides the greatest connection during this holiday is the idea of expressing to others why we are thankful.
Today it is common for people to sit around the table and tell everyone what they appreciate the most in their lives. Often these things include family, friends, a job; all things that make our days more fulfilling. The holiday gives us the time that we don’t normally have to sit back and reflect on these things. In recognizing who and what we are grateful for, we think more about others and whether they know they are appreciated. Plenty of people will go out shopping during this time to purchase gifts in order to show their appreciation when the next holiday comes around.
Every year we give thanks for different things. It might be that there is a new member of the family, or you are now in a better position at work, or maybe it’s just that you received an especially nice surprise this year. Whatever the case may be, each Thanksgiving brings with it new things that inspire us to show our gratitude. Now that I am in law school, I’ve realized that this year I too have new reasons to give thanks.
As always, I am most thankful for my loved ones. My family has always provided me with a great amount of support and affection, which has allowed me to flourish as an individual. The close friends I have share their lives with me, and our exchange of encouragement continues to drive me. Without each and every friend and family member I would not be the same person or in the same place that I am today. They all never cease to inspire me, and that is why I will always be most grateful for them.
I’ve grown to appreciate many things as a law student in Boston as well. I am grateful that my section is filled with unique, talented, and kind-hearted individuals. I am thankful that the 2Ls and 3Ls here at BU Law are so willing to lend a helping hand to 1Ls. I really appreciate how many resources are available to me, from the law library and the people that work there to the open and knowledgeable professors here at the law school. Last but not least, I make sure to say “thank you” to all those who work for the MBTA; we all have both good and bad experiences with transportation in the city, but the people who transport us from school to meetings and back to our homes certainly deserve our appreciation.
Though I would like to be back home in Florida, I am happy to be here celebrating Thanksgiving in Boston. Like I said, it gives me time to reflect on the things in my life that make me grateful. I advise you to do the same today. It will not only help you to see where you’ve been and where you are now, but also where you will be in the future. Right now I am thankful to be in a city I never thought I would live in studying law. That is something that no amount of thanks could capture.