First Thanksgiving Without my Family

I would be lying if I said this: Thanksgiving was everything that I hope it would be. It wasn’t terrible,  it was okay. It would’ve been way worse if I was alone with no food (the struggles of a college student). I signed up for a family dinner with a local student from my college. They’re were nice. They brought me home and we had turkey, ham, mash potatoes, stuffing, baked beans, and my favorite the cornbread casserole( now that was good), and then we had deserts after. We talked and laughed. Even if I felt out of place it was nice to be around people who cared about each other and messed with each other. If I would have the chance to go back home for Thanksgiving I would, even if my family went to Black Friday after dinner, but I still was glad to have dinner with someone else.

Things that I’m grateful for: myself, my family, and being in the situation that I’m in right now. I’m grateful at myself because I’ve been in rough times and I overcame the obstacles that life throws at me. My mom and my sisters were mostly teen moms, or some of them didn’t graduate high school. My dad not being around for most of my life. And here I am: going to college, working, living my life. I’ve been through a lot, and I’m still going.

I’m grateful for my family because without them who would I be? Who would be Thalia Perales? Who would be the girl in the mirror that I see? My family helped me grow, get stronger, and made me an understanding person. They have shown me a lot and they are my motivation for a better life and future. Sometimes the worst moments in your life creates the best of you.

Being in this situation right now can be difficult. I needed a push into real life. So, I pushed myself. Being here right now is making me stronger even when I’m feeling weak. Also feel like you’re drowning, but in the same time you’re flying. Actually, the moment you are feeling vulnerable is the moment that you are the most strongest. You’re holding all this weight on your back and you feel like your legs might break any second, but you decide to keep walking that’s your strongest moment. The end is just the resolution.

Also Thanksgiving wasn’t all that bad. I actually took an hour break to face chat with my family back home. It was really refreshing and it’s my safe place that I can always come down from the clouds.

Remember: You can make extraordinary things with the worst of things.

Love, T

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