Yet, I Am Thankful

“When my heart is overwhelmed lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2

Today is November 9, 2016 and in the early hours of this morning, Donald Trump was elected as our 45th President of the United States.

This blog post is not about who I voted for, my reasons for voting or my opinions and/or views about the outcome of this presidential election. This blog post is not me telling you that you are uneducated, ignorant or wrong because of who you voted for. Honestly, I had a plan for this blog post, but this morning I realized that there are far more relevant subjects that need to be addressed. I woke up this morning only to find my social media accounts dwelling in the midst of electoral commotion, I sat through my Sports Management and Marketing class and learned nothing about sport, but instead listening to my professor weep about our new president and I walked through campus listening to students curse, cry and celebrate about the outcome of the election.

I, however, was not one of those people. Instead, I woke up this morning and made a cup of coffee, I went to my 8 AM and taught myself about brand equity in collegiate sport and I walked through campus admiring my university’s remarkable beauty. Today, I sat in my dorm room, listening to throwback Matchbox Twenty and I realized that in the eye of this electoral hurricane, there is so much to be thankful for.

I am thankful for the opportunity to further my education at Indiana University, I am thankful for World Compassion Network and their impact on my life over the past six months and I am thankful for the unwavering support system in my life.

I am thankful for the three lights in my life I call my brothers, I am thankful for my mom and Wil, my dad and Kim and my puppies back home. I am thankful for my grandparents, my cousins and the fact I was blessed with such a large extended family.

I am thankful for the love, support and guidance that my friends and family provide me with as I try to find myself through my first year of college. I am thankful for the endless opportunities that Indiana University provides me with to be involved within my school and community, open my mind to every situation and find my niche within this society.

I am thankful for Bordner 300 and the fact that I have found some of my lifelong best friends without having to leave my floor. I am thankful for the 51 people who support and cater to my peanut butter addiction, make me laugh until I cry and are hands down the only reason I have yet to drop out of school. I am thankful for my roommate and that our differences help me grow as a person and that our similarities allow me to always have a shoulder to lean on. I am thankful for Paul, my incredible RA, for praying for each one of us every week and pushing me to be the best version of myself as possible.

I am thankful that I have Rachel, Paige and Allie and Michael, KK and Aaron and the happiness that they bring into my life. I am thankful for my best friends from home and their amazing accomplishments while away at school.

I am thankful that I am able to sit down each week and read scripture to clear my mind and fill my heart. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve as God’s hands and feet in Honduras over the summer. I am thankful for July 22, 2016 and that I chose to be saved in a place that changed my life, heart and soul for the better.

Despite everything that has happened in 2016, despite the events of this election and despite the fact that we now call a former reality TV star the President of the United States, there is still an unimaginable amount of things to be thankful for. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, politics will be brought up, but if I have any advice for anyone it is to forget the politics for one day. Choose to dwell in the unconditional love and unwavering support of family and friends, live in the glory of God and be reminded of who you serve in this life and continue to open your heart and be grateful for each blessing in your life.

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