Thank You for Being There

When I started writing this, I didn't plan it like I usually do with other stuff. It kinda flowed out of me and is mostly unedited so it's safe to say that these are my exact emotions, raw and unaltered. This is to express how thankful I am to have a certain bunch of super special people in my life whom I have never had the chance to actually say 'thank you' to.

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1. Thank You

“Thank you for loving me
For being my eyes when I couldn’t see
For parting my lips when I couldn’t breathe
Thank you for loving me…”

- Bon Jovi, Thank You for Loving Me

I believe that every one of us has something to be thankful for – whether it’s for the good grades at school or for the love and care at home; whether it’s for the meals three times a day or for the comfortable bed to sleep in every night – there is always reason to be thankful. And no matter how much you think your life stinks, at the end of the day, you always know within your heart that you are truly lucky to have all the comforts of life and that God has been kind to you.

Every year I say ‘thank you’ for my amazing life, my lovely home and whatnot but this time I’d like to say thank you for something else that I’ve never quite noticed before. For something I have taken for granted throughout my life and never realised the worth of. For something I know I could not live without. The people who love me. Many times, we forget to acknowledge all that these special people have done for us. Maybe it’s because they have been there for so long that we have forgotten how lucky we are to have them. Our parents have loved and looked after us since forever and no matter what, we know they will continue to do so. Naturally, we take them for granted.

My mother is a person who I know will be there for me at all times but I still hardly ever say ‘thank you’ to her. It’s funny how we can so easily forget to say ‘thank you’ to the one person who deserves it the most. When I laugh, my mum laughs with me. When I cry, she cries with me. When I’m in pain, she feels for me. She can read me like an open book. She knows what I need and she takes care of it without my ever asking. But the thanks she gets for it is when I tell her that I’m embarrassed of her in public because she can’t operate her iPhone correctly.

My father has given me everything in life. The comfortable home, the branded clothes, the best education…he has always thought it necessary for me to have the best things in the world. And if there came a time when he could not give me those, he would accuse himself for not being a good parent. But after all the struggles he’s been through just to make sure I always have the best, the thanks he gets is when he drives me 120 miles to summer camp and I jump out of the car when I see my friends without even saying goodbye.

My friends have been with me through thick and thin. Some of them are like the older siblings I never had, protective and cautious, telling me not to go out late at nights and to be careful when dealing with strangers. And the thanks they get for it is when I yell at them for being overprotective and tell them that I have a life and they should get one too. My other friends are bubbly and naughty, cracking jokes and making me laugh on my gloomiest days. They are the reason when anything bad happens in my life, I don’t slip into depression. And the thanks they get for it is when I get mad at little things and stop talking to them for days.

I must seem like an extremely bad person but the truth is that I just don’t know how to say ‘thank you’ well enough so that all these people I love so much will understand exactly how I feel about them. Talking about my feelings is what I suck at most. But I’m comfortable with writing them down. Expressing myself on a paper through words is what I do best. And so, this year on Thanksgiving, I just want all these lovely people in my life to know that even though I don’t say it very often, I love them all and they mean the world to me.

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