Being from Austria and studying in the UK, Thanksgiving isn’t actually something I celebrate. I wish I would though because 1. I love Turkey and 2. I think its a great thing to have a day dedicated to giving thanks and being thankful. Therefore I would like to take the opportunity and share with you some of the things I am thankful for.
I am thankful for my health. I have been through a lot in the past years and consider myself very lucky to be healthy and happy today. Recovering from an eating disorder is never an easy thing to do and many people have to live with the fact that they have done permanent damage to their bodies. I am lucky because, even though I still have off-days where too much thought is put into my food, I can say that I have won the battle against an illness that unfortunately too many people lose.
I am thankful for the way my life has turned out. I grew up in Indonesia and had the once in a lifetime opportunity to experience and be part of a different culture. Growing up in a country where poverty is present wherever you go has made me the person I am today, appreciative of everything my family and I have. I am thankful that the country that I consider home (Austria), is a peaceful and beautiful place to live where picturesque mountains are never too far away.
However, I am most thankful for my loving family and for the unconditional love they give me everyday. I am lucky to have 3 siblings who I couldn’t live without. I have a unique relationship with each of them and miss them when they are not around. I am thankful for my older brother and his very special sense of humor that can make me laugh for hours and hours. I am thankful for my younger brother who has grown up to be such an incredible, kind and sensitive young man and who I miss so much when I am away at Uni. And I am thankful to have a beautiful sister, who is my best friend, who I know is always there for me and who has been an inspiration to me all my life. The two people I am most thankful for are my parents who have made me the person I am today. Without them, overcoming the difficult situations in my life would not have been possible. My dad has always shown me that a positive outlook on life can make big dreams come true and that I have the ability to do whatever I want to, as long I believe in myself. And my mum and her loving and kind words are the reason I was able overcome my eating disorder and I am grateful to have such a warm, generous and kind-hearted person in my life. I love you guys!
And because no post is complete without a picture of my food, here’s my Avocado-Chicken Sandwich I had for lunch.
I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!