Thanksgiving is a time for friends and families to come together. We share meals, laugh together, and make beautiful memories. For some people, coming together in person isn’t always possible. Thousands of miles lay between loved ones, leaving months or years until they see each other again. Lucky for us in the 21st century, we have a few things to be thankful for at this time of year. Here’s a quick thank you to the things that make travel and connection possible.
A Quick Thank You for Video Technology
FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp, you name it. Every day another new application gets released and changes our lives forever. People get hired for new jobs over these calls, loved ones are able to see each other’s faces and people are able to connect across the world thanks to video technology. While I cannot spend Thanksgiving with my family, video technology makes it possible to see them at any time of the day.
A Quick Thank You for Public Transportation
Many people forget that public transportation has only been optimized in the last century. Remember when people used to spend months or years traveling across the country in a wagon? Yes, public transportation is hectic, but where would we be without it? Advances in transportation technology have strengthened our connections with people all over the world.
A Quick Thank You for Health
I work in healthcare and have seen people at their most vulnerable. Thanks to my health and strength, I can trek up a mountain, walk miles across a foreign city and fly across the globe. I’m thankful for the life-changing research completed every day in different parts of the world to save people’s lives. I’m also thankful for the community of people who have funded studies that research cures for ALS, spinal cord injuries and cerebral palsy among many other life-altering conditions. Thank you to the international community for all their dedicated work and for keeping people strong enough to see the world.
A Quick Thank You to My Friends and Family
Without my friends and family, I wouldn’t have the guts to start anything new. No matter what obstacles I face, I know that I have the support and love of my committed friends and family. Even if I’m 10,000 miles away, I can always come back to someone waiting for me. It’s wonderful to meet new people wherever I go, but it’s comforting to know I have support and love at home. Because of them, I know that I can always stay true to my roots.
A Quick Thank You to Leon
I have to save the best for last. Without Leon, I wouldn’t keep working as hard as I do. I wouldn’t have someone to lean on for support. Leon encourages me to pursue my dreams and my passions, while constantly reminding me not to sweat the small stuff. For the past five years, Leon has faced his own fears with me and traveled with me to faraway places. He’s held my hand as we jumped into open oceans to swim with humpback whales. He’s sweated out the countless heights we’ve faced as we trekked up mountains and drove along winding cliff side roads. Leon is my rock and my heart.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.