This time of year people makes a big deal about a meal. Why can you have a holiday that revolves around the act of eating? The reason is that it brings us together to recognize what only a meal could, connection.
Now, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Before you say it’s just because I like food and to cook, that’s only part of the reason. See unlike Chrismas, birthdays, Holloween, and other holidays it requires you to give time and effort with a fleeting return. Thanksgiving is based around an idea of giving thanks for what we have instead of receiving something extra. It’s a holiday the requires us to sit down together in unity and forces us to suffer through being in proximity of people we may only be able to handle in small doses.
It forces us unabatedly back together regardless of the state of being and distance. For someone like myself who is keen on keeping a casual distance from most people and my head in the clouds, it’s an opportunity to ground myself and forces me to reconnect. I find all the trials and tribulations of planning, getting people together, preparing the meal, and finally sitting down together soothing. With so many gears chugging away and all the ways things can go awry, I find it’s a perfect personification of life. I find this perfect disaster the very reason I give thanks on that day. It is in this chaos of moving parts that we are reminded that life has a lot of ordinary things that pass us by, significant roadblocks on the path, and small happiness along the way and they are all things we should be thankful for. SO this is my message to life, thank you for being the beautiful, crazy, perfect disaster that you are.