As today is Thanksgiving, I would like to take this time to be grateful for all the opportunities I have been given, and to show my appreciation for those who have unconditionally been by my side. This past year has been insane. I have felt so much love and support this past year than I have felt ever before. From first setting up my website and recording my first ever podcast episode; to publishing my book, to giving talks to my first ever audience, and to speaking live on radio. My younger self would have never foreseen this. To the students I spoke to, I am so thankful for each and every one of you. You guys are absolutely amazing. Most importantly, I would like to thank my family for rooting for me since day one. But above all, I would like to give all my thanks to God. Having the chance to make a positive impact on people’s lives, especially those my age, has given me so much joy. Being the source of light and guiding someone who has been in my shoes is a feeling like no other. And so, I would like to ask you all one thing: Be grateful.
Don’t just be thankful today because it’s Thanksgiving. We should all be grateful everyday. Waking up every morning is already the biggest blessing known to mankind. Having the chance to breathe and get going with your daily routines healthily without interruption is a gift that many of us take for granted. Ups or downs, turbulence or peace; we need to appreciate life at its fullest. So, starting today, spend some time alone at night before you sleep, and count the things you are grateful for. It can even be as small as watching your favourite TV series, or eating a lovely meal. Even these things are worth more than you can ever imagine. Yes, they’re small things, but these are the things that make your day so fruitful and joyful, when it isn’t the case for others like you. The more you count your blessings, the more you will realise how much of a wonderful life and world you live in. It’s beautiful. It’s like what Master Oogway said in Kung Fu Panda:
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”