Although we don’t celebrate “Thanksgiving”:Wikipedia:Thanksgiving over here, there are, besides the usual things people usually value this time of year (family, abundance and survival) three other things I’m particularly thankful for:
- My loving friends, who are increasingly spread all over the place – which hasn’t prevented us from keeping in touch, and I give thanks for being able and cherish their company (physical or virtual) every day.
- My being part of an industry that has a direct bearing on billions of people’s lives (shaping both our present and our future), and having being able to witness its birth, growth, and amazing diversity.
- My inner sense of self (my spartan attitude, my ethics, my devotion to the things and people I love), which has served me well over the years whenever I had difficult decisions to make in life.
I have my own share of faults and regrets, of course (I am only human), but I’ve found a way to be thankful for them, too – they’ve made me into who I am today. Most of all, I’m grateful for having learned something from all the lives I’ve touched (or been touched by) in one way or another.