In honor of Thanksgiving, a few of us decided to write about some things we are thankful for. With society and life the way it is for our generation, it’s hard to step back and be thankful.
First and foremost, I thank God for continuing to watch over me. 2010 has certainly been a tough year and a year full of transition. I want to thank my friends for standing by my side, staying in my corner, and just having my back through thick and thin. I’m thankful for my family. It’s hard not seeing them much anymore, but I’m thankful that everyone is a call/text/e-mail/Facebook chat away. I’m thankful for the material things. I’m thankful for the opportunity to continue my education in the graduate program of my dreams.
Finally, I’m thankful for this thread. This really is a family. We dot so many parts of the country, but we’ve found a great way to stay in touch with each other. My parents always told me that my friends in college would be the friends I’d be closest to, but I didn’t believe them coming out of high school. Turns out that they were right. Again. We have differences in opinion, we make each other mad, we step on each other’s toes, we call each other out, we rearrange each other’s comfort zones, but at the end of the day, this is my family. I’m thankful because I’ve grown so much as a result of being a part it. I’ve learned so much and made some lifelong friends. Even when I’m on my own little island geographically, all I have to do is hop on Facebook or this blog, and I’m back with this family. They never let me fall. Thank you to the Threaders, and thank you to our new thREADERS. -23
This has been a very tough year, but I am very thankful for lots of things. First, I am thankful for my family, God given family and my friends. My friends really are my family too. They hold me down and tell me the truth no matter what. I don’t need “yes men”; I am grateful for people who are so faithfully honest with me. Law school is no punk and my support system has literally carried me through my worse days. Every time I consider giving up, I think of all the sacrifices my parents made and I just cannot walk away. I am thankful for my BF. He’s a God appointment because when all is said and done, I do not have to do this alone. I will spare all the mushiness, but he really is my best friend and understands, accepts and supports me like no other person in this world. It’s rare to have someone who accepts you unconditionally and still encourages your growth; most considerate and hardest working man I know…holds it down well. He’s balance in this crazy world. (Okay, maybe I didn’t spare the mushiness. LOL! ❤ that dude though)
Honestly, I am thankful for being able to pursue a legal education at a premiere institution. I know that this was a God appointment and that the growth I am experiencing will permeate every part of my life. Being able to engage continuous intellectual discourse while working on issues that matter most to me is amazing. As much as I complain about law school, I know that I am blessed to be here.
The Thread: When I joined the Thread I had no idea what I was in for. All I can say is Thank You for being a constant source of laughter, entertainment, provocation, intellectual discourse, religious debate, lyrical rhetoric and culture. Culture is underrated and we have a whole lot of it. I honestly feel connected to all of you and when one wins; I always celebrate those victories. When one is down, I feel that too. The thread is such an integral part of my life and I am grateful for the vulnerability and transparency. -PrimeMeridian11
Ahh yes, the most wonderful time of the year has again arrived; Thanksgiving, the greatest holiday of them all. As it stands, I have a lot to be thankful for, and instead of some fancy wordy post, I thought I’d just make a quick list:
2. I’m thankful that (for at least a little while longer) I can enjoy the great (awful) taste of 4 Loko.
4. I’m thankful that although Texas football is having a historically bad season and sucks ass right now, we are going to kick the shit outta Texas A&M…(Ok, maybe thats a bit too strong…<sigh>)
5. I’m thankful for Madden 2011 on my Xbox (Currently sporting a 15-5 record online, HOLLA AT ME)
6. I’m thankful that the Teaparty is just a figment of my imagination, and that Palin doenst have her own TV show…(damn)
7. I’m thankful that MC Hammer finally cleared up that beef with Jay-Z, so we dont have to see any more of this.
8. I’m thankful that Kat Stacks is getting deported.
9. I’m thankful that the Miami Heat and Lebron’s bitch ass suck right now…
10. I’m thankful for my mama’s baked macaroni and cheese recipe (yall have no idea…)
Ok, let me get serious. On the real, God has blessed me in lots of ways, and I love to use Thanksgiving as a time to put that all in perspective. My views on religion are far from mainstream, but I never hesitate to give him the glory, especially at this time of year. I’m thankful for the people he has put in my life that have helped mold me into the flawed man I am today, and also those who will help me grow into the man I’m meant to be tomorrow. I’m thankful for all of my family, friends, colleagues, and inspirations. Also, I’m thankful for the love of my life…MY DOG! (just kidding Proud, love you!)
On a broader scale, I’m thankful for unity and constructive dialog. In a world where turning on the TV means being face to face with hate, crime, foolishness, and division amongst us all, I cherish the opportunities we all have to come together and discuss pertinent issues that will still be issues when our kids have kids. Lastly, and in the same vein, I’m thankful for you for reading this and joining our discussions. As has been stated, The Thread is truly a family, and we appreciate you joining us. For our part, we’ll do our best to keep you entertained and enlightened. Props to the Thread
First and foremost, I’m thankful for God. There’s a saying that goes, “You never know God is all you have… until God is all you have.” For the last two years especially, I’ve seen that firsthand. I’m quite thankful to have a Father who keeps me accountable, who’s very forgiving and yet never forgets me when I call out to Him. So I’m thankful that in the times I felt discouraged, forgotten, like I’d failed people, like I’d let folks down, like I’d shattered friendships, like I’d fallen short of expectations, surrounded by many yet still alone… He always made his presence known and never let me forget that I was loved. I’m working to be just as present with Him as He has been with me.
I’m thankful for my family. Though we have many disagreements, and I wonder sometimes if my younger sisters don’t plan the day ahead to where they devise ways and scenarios in which to annoy me… I love them to death and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. They keep me accountable and remind me of the things worth fighting for. I thank my grandparents for never giving up on me, my moms for instilling values and a hard work ethic within me, and my sisters for reminding me daily of patience (lol) and why I must succeed to set a good example for them.
I’m thankful for my grandmother’s sweet potato pie; Thanksgiving day football games; the privilege to have been able to bleed burnt orange; my future wife Keri Hilson-Howard; Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue cologne; a sick tie game; and the opportunity to have been a part of the S.A.A.B. experience.
Finally, I’m thankful for genuine relationships. In a world where the fake is daily celebrated and lies that disintegrate a promising relationship stand for good entertainment as opposed to betrayal, I’m thankful for the people in my life who are always real and honest with me. My friends are included in that, but especially two groups: the dudes I’ve known since Kindergarten (shout out to Briargate); and this Thread. Arguably, people would say I’m
popular well-known. For the longest time, popularity and being noticed meant a lot to me. These days, I keep myself within a tighter circle, I feel, and the Thread is part of that circle. When I first left Houston to go to Austin, I knew literally no one out there. I would have NEVER imagined that the people I met at UT would come to mean so much to me, or have the profound impact upon me that they have. I appreciate that, even though I sometimes feel the odd-man out and sometimes let the group down, the Thread accepts and entertains me and also holds me accountable. Our personalities couldn’t be more unique and distinct from one another: the discourses we have touch everything from political issues to which is Kanye West’s best album, and you can bet there’s never a dull moment (in fact, there are quite few quotables) within any of them. I’m proud to be a part of the experience, and thankful to be able to let you readers see, firsthand, “how we operate.”
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Even though it’s a day late, I still wanted to express my thanks! The past two years after graduation have not been the most kind or the easiest, but I am truly thankful for that. I know we hear it all the time, but I’m honestly thankful for the struggle. I’ve passed and failed many test, and I’m learning a lot about myself. I’m thankful for my Lord and savior Who has seen me through. I’m especially thankful for all the undeserved blessing that I’ve received. I’m thankful for my parents and the unnecessary things they have provided for me. I’m thankful for the various opportunities afforded to me. I’m thankful for my gifts. I’m thankful for the strength I have to persue my dreams. And last but not least, I’m thankful for my thread (and extended thread) family. Each and every one of you do not know how much you mean to me. You challenge me everyday to be stronger whether it’s challenging my beliefs, leading by example, and/or pushing me to be greater. I thank you. I feel blessed to have a group of people in my “venn diagram”.