I love Thanksgiving. I am grateful for the people in my life – my family (the good and the bad), my friends, and the community of people here at the Exponent. I am grateful for my job, my house, and my roommates. I am grateful for the randomness of life itself, the way I have transformed, faith and reason, and constantly being inspired to be better. I am grateful for the constant ability to think and reflect whether in travels or just in daily living.
For me personally, Thanksgiving itself has usually been a time of reflection to think about family, friends, and life. As a child, the holiday was a chance to eat well and time spent bouncing between relatives and learning to appreciate my complex family. As an undergraduate, I didn’t make the drive across Nevada but rather used the weekend as a breath near the end of many a crazy semester to sleep in and study hard before the end of the year and to think about the coming year (Christmas really being the family centered holiday).