I find it funny that people tend to forget that a turkey Thanksgiving is an American holiday. This past Thanksgiving, I messaged a lot of my American friends that I am thankful for them. Many of their responses included asking about Korean Thanksgiving. Chuseok, the Korean Thanksgiving, is more about honoring ancestors and praying for harvesting than about giving thanks for family, friends, food, and shelter.
Throughout the years, my Facebook newsfeed would be filled with naysayers stating that people should be grateful everyday; as opposed to limiting it to just one day of the year. Whether these people disagree with the majority of the American population because of distrust from big corporations using holidays as a source of demand or because of their negative thinking, I do agree with them to some extent.
Life in Korea moved as if it were a normal Thursday. And that it was. I spent November 27th, 2014 alone. Just like the previous Thursdays before it.
Was I sad? No.
Was I homesick? Maybe.
Was I thankful? Yes.
I am thankful to have this opportunity to live and experience life in another country. I am thankful to have family and friends that still think about me. I am thankful to have lived another Thursday.