I used to really look forward to Thanksgiving.
It was a day off work (or school, when I was younger). That right there is a huge benefit.
Plus, there’s the food, the time with people you care about, the football, the napping. All great stuff.
And I was thankful for all of this (especially the day off). Part of the holiday is, of course, to be thankful.
But what if we could be thankful and grateful every day? What if Thanksgiving could be every day?
Well, that’s kind of how I feel these days.
I walk around feeling so incredibly grateful and blessed every single day.
I can recount a few things that made me feel thankful today:
- Rolling around bed until 10:30 a.m, at which point I finally opened my eyes to see that I’m still alive and healthy in a beautiful place.
- Brainstorming on projects for next month with one of my favorite people to work with, looking for ways to help and inspire people.
- Enjoying a fantastic lunch for about $1.50.
- The beautiful weather in Chiang Mai today.
- The free Uber ride (that took me to lunch) that was available through a promotion the company is running right now.
- The workout (we didn’t skip leg day) I had with a very motivated Aussie I met recently.
- A funny conversation with the girl I’m dating.
- A Thanksgiving feast that was very different (and cheaper and smaller) than any I’ve ever had in the States.
- Running into a reader and his wife, both from Spain, who recognized me as I sat down to eat dinner next to them, which is just an example of the lovely serendipity of this place.
- Enjoying a free outdoor concert immediately after dinner.
- The proliferation of 24-hour coffee shops and coworking spaces in the city, which allows me to write this very article at almost 10:00 p.m.
- The walkability and energy of this city, which makes a walk back home late at night fairly pleasant.
There’s so much to be thankful for every single day.
But much of that which I’m thankful for is only possible because I’m financially independent. Otherwise, my life would be a lot different. And I probably wouldn’t be feeling so cheerful all the time.
However, financial independence has truly allowed me to build a life where every day is a holiday, or at least a holiday just like Thanksgiving – where I’m overwhelmed by gratitude.
The Thanksgiving I experienced today in Chiang Mai, Thailand was far different than any I’ve ever experienced in the States.
But in many ways it was far better, because I feel like this day is just one more day in a string of days that all mesh together as one long and thankful holiday. It’s not just one day to stop, take a breather, and be thankful. It’s instead part of a sustainable and highly enjoyable collection of many, many days that serve to provide one with an ongoing and constant perspective of blessedness.
That, I believe, is one of the best gifts of all. It’s the gift of financial independence. And it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
How about you? Having a happy Thanksgiving? Are you feeling particularly thankful today? Or are you thankful every day?
Thanks for reading.
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