Why I’m Grateful for You

Author: Mary Grace Donaldson, Real Life Stories

Dear #NAMB Readers (and Authors!):

Well, millennials, we can mostly say that those who describe us to the public still don’t give the most accurate description of our generation.

The media — and previous generations — still categorizes us as lazy, entitled and well, crybabies. Now, I’m not saying that those types of millennials don’t exist, but those personality types also exist within generations other than millennials. There are different types of people everywhere, of all ages.

However, this letter is not meant to focus on the negative. It’s meant to focus on the positive, and the positive here is all of you. So, I’m writing a cliche thank-you letter, because without our readers, we wouldn’t have #NAMB.

Thank you for supporting us. For commenting on our posts. For embracing our mission. For reading our content and relating to it. For inspiring us to keep reaching out. For giving us ideas for content and social media. For sharing — because without social media word of mouth, we wouldn’t continue to grow and spread the mission. For fighting those stereotypes I mentioned above. Keep fighting, and don’t own those negative notions just because they’re out there.

Now I’m going to get a bit more personal.. I’m thankful for #NAMB and what it’s brought out in me, and in our team. It has given me the ability to write a piece about an aspect of my personality I rarely talk about with anyone, and I was inspired by other amazing real life stories written by our team. Together we’ve created a remarkable space where we can be ourselves.

Which brings me to… our team. I cannot be any more thankful for all of you and the work you’ve done to create #NAMB and build it into the space that we’ve made it. You’ve taken time away from your lives to contribute, and you bring wonderful work to the table. I’m especially grateful to Danny for his excellent editorial work, and to Michelle for her tireless efforts toward bringing #NAMB to even more millennials — as well as for her writing and attention to the details that sometimes I don’t see.

Before I go on too long, I’m going to bring this to a close, but I truly hope that all of you have enjoyed what #NAMB has brought to you.

With love,
Mary Grace

Dear Life

Author: Kristin Frappier, Literary Mag

Dear Life:

I am thankful for so many aspects of you.
I am thankful for heartache because it has shown me my true strength.
I am thankful for my friends and family because even when I am imperfect they are there.
I’m thankful for new adventures that test me in new ways.
I’m thankful for taking new chances that make me feel like I can fly.
I am thankful for my loving boyfriend who has the biggest heart I’ve ever seen, can make me laugh even if I don’t want to, and has a wish not to change me but for me to see myself the way he sees me.
I am thankful for my poetry because it provide me with an outlet that allows me to keep the smile on my face.
I am thankful for a new dream and to chase new opportunities.
I am thankful for dreams and goals because they are the things that keep me driven.

Food for Thought: Be Grateful for Those Who Make Your Ideals Worth Fighting For

Author: Alli Jean, Current Events/Politics

We all know the story of the first Thanksgiving. Recent immigrants to the New World, the pilgrims were struggling to establish a fruitful village and grow a bountiful harvest. And so every year on Thanksgiving, we commemorate the coming together of the Native Americans who generously offered to share their harvest with the Pilgrims.

And then our European ancestors slaughtered the Natives, introduced smallpox and eventually drove them to live on reservations. History lessons often end the story when the pumpkin pie is being passed between Squanto and the pilgrims and leave it at that.

Fast forward. We find ourselves at an interesting place this Thanksgiving 2016. We’re exhausted from the election cycle which still feels like it hasn’t ended, we’re fearful of the state of the world — specifically the political and ideological divide among our friends and neighbors — and may even feel overwhelmed at the idea of moving forward when for so many, the future seems so uncertain.

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Maybe you’re looking forward to getting away from that this Thursday. Turning on football, having an extra slice of pie and spending quality time with family and friends. Others are worried about the inevitable political confrontations that are often unavoidable around the Thanksgiving table.

The truth is, the first Thanksgiving feels so pertinent to us this year, because like our ancestors, we’re on the brink of what feels like a new era. Thanksgiving has always been political. While we aren’t literally forming a new country, the ideals and policies we embrace going forward have the potential to significantly re-shape our identity as Americans.

After an election that saw our two political parties infiltrated by two of the most unpopular candidates in the history of the United States, and the changes to the Supreme Court on the horizon, it has never been more crucial to come together — as fragmented and separated as we might feel — and reflect as a nation where we want to go from here. We can’t literally sit down and dine together, but let us remember that as in the past, our differences are what formed us. Remember that.

For a nation founded on political and religious freedom from tyranny and oppression, our first act as a collective unit was to bring destruction to the Native Americans. This was shortly followed by the introduction of slavery. Once again we’re at a new beginning for this nation; let’s make sure bigotry isn’t written into our history this time.

So hug your family and friends a little tighter this holiday. Be mindful of what it is you want to fight for going forward. And be thankful for those around you who make your ideals worth fighting for.

 

 

Disclaimer: The political views expressed in this article do not necessarily express the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.