Just as each summer is the brightest ever, and each dog the best, every year seems the quickest to pass- but 2017 really has felt exceptionally fleeting. What I've learned to appreciate this year isn't the standard object, feeling, place, or event- but instead, is far more general. It's just…people. I'm grateful for people- my family and friends, for supporting me when I need it the most, for inexplicably being right beside me at the perfect moments, for laughing with me, and crying with me. Strangers, for smiling back in the street, for stopping me to compliment my shoes, for moving their bag to make space on a busy train. Teachers, for pushing me, and catching me when I fall. My role models, for inspiring me, even shaping me. Every single person I haven't yet met- for leaving your tiny, monumental marks on the world we share, for me to see and perhaps connect to you one day. Every person you come into contact with will have an impact on you, or you on them, or sometimes it may be mutual. I urge you to appreciate every person with a role, no matter how active or passive, in your life. Because once you do, the world certainly seems a great deal warmer- and that's the attitude we must carry with us into 2018.
Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to, well, give thanks- but we should seek to appreciate wider aspects as much as the smaller details.