Kitayama might be taking a picture of this (mousapelli) wrote,
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Living in a Grateful World

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it, and for those of you who don't, know that we're stuffing ourselves to capacity in your stead. This year, of course, I'm thankful for my family. I'm thankful that my father retired from his job and my mother and I kept ours, that my nephew is healthy, that my grandmother moved safely (and willingly) to live with my aunt down south, and that my baby brother is coming home for Christmas from Italy.

I'm also thankful for modern medicine, I was thinking at the eye dr's last weekend when I had neither contacts nor glasses on in the lobby and couldn't see ten feet in front of me. I'm glad they had antibiotics so I didn't die of an ear infection when I was little and that they fixed my club foot when I was a baby so that nobody now even knows I had one. If I'd been born 100 years ago or maybe even 50, I would be barely able to see or walk or maybe not even be alive, instead of seeming (outwardly) completely normal.

But mostly, I'm thankful for the internet every single day, because the internet is where just about all my real friends are. Being able to have my friends with me wherever I go is what makes traveling tolerable for me, to say nothing of being actually enjoyable. Without LJ and my flist, I would never have made it through grad school in VT, I would have never gone to Marks's wedding last spring, or to CA, and definitely not ever had the courage to go to Japan. I would never have met Anj. I would not have access to the people, the music, or most of the media that I love and that makes it possible tolerate my job and all the people I'm surrounded by in RL. I would be trapped here, and I wouldn't have any clue that there are lots of people just like me all over the world, intelligent and amazing people, and that i'm not that weird after all, and I'm not alone. To make a severe understatement, I would not be happy, and I probably wouldn't even be healthy, and without the internet, I wouldn't have the faintest idea why.

Wah, just made myself cry. SORRY ABOUT THAT. Anyhow, I'm getting picked up for Thanksgiving dinner with the baby nephew any minute so I should post this and go get ready. But I love all of you, and I hope everybody has a happy and food-filled thanksgiving ♥♥♥
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