Thanksgiving Away from Home

Su family

Su family

This week back from Paris has been busier than I would have ever expected, and I find myself on Thanksgiving night just wanting to be with family and friends.

It’s the first Thanksgiving I’ve spent away from home, and seeing all the social media posts about turkey feasts and family reunions only make me long to spend time with them.

But I don’t want anyone to feel sorry for me, because having had such a wild and busy week (with interviews at the top of the Four Seasons tomorrow and a bunch of things these past few days), I couldn’t be luckier, really.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am extremely grateful for the life I get to live right now and everything that has led me to where I am today. Most of all, I am grateful for my family back in the U.S. and relatives here in Guangzhou for their infinite support and love.

Despite having to return to reality after a spontaneous vacation in the city of love, I kept catching myself being extremely self-aware of my happiness this week. Of course there were some things I immediately knew I didn’t miss about returning to China, but once you move past and accept things for how they are and instead focus on things you can change and work on? Life can be pretty darn great.

It’s true what they say about the directly proportional relationship between gratefulness and happiness. The more grateful you are, the happier.

If you ever find yourself unhappy, start thinking of the things you’re grateful for. I seriously owe it to gratitude for keeping me sane while in a country that is seen as totally insane at times (or all the time).

In other words, look on the bright side. At least you’re not in China. :p

[Grateful for your readership, though I would be even more grateful for, you know, any comments. At all. 😉 ]