In the spirit of the season, I’ve begun taking inventory in my life, identifying all of the people that have shaped me into the woman I am today. As I’ve done this, I’ve realized that the list is never-ending. From my parents, to my brothers, to my teachers, to my mentors – there are so many people I want to thank. Frankly, I must thank.
In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday and the gratefulness that November brings, here is my thank you note to you. While I may have never met you, I know that you’ve played at least one these roles in someone else’s life. From a Pup to an Alpha, from a small to a big, here are the words the iGeneration has to say.
To the Parents
Without my parents, I would be lost in this world. They’ve most definitely had the largest impact in my life, laying the foundation for who I have become. Between the car rides to and from field hockey practice in high school, to granting me the opportunity to further my education, the things you do don’t go unnoticed.
I should also thank you for surviving my teenage years. Looking back, I realize how dramatic I was and how I probably could have been nicer to you. These are realizations that unfortunately only come with age – thank you for being patient with me.
While I lived in a home with my mom and my dad, I know that that isn’t the case for everyone. Guardians, step-parents, foster parents, and other parental figures deserve a round of applause, too. If this is the case for you, I know the children that you raised have a boat load of things to thank you for, even if their gratitude isn’t easily shown.
To the Siblings
Looking back on my years growing up with an older brother, I now realize how many little arguments and disagreements we’ve had. Being only 18 months younger, I wanted to do everything that my brother did, even if he didn’t like me tagging along.
Despite the fights in the backseat of the car or heated discussions at the dinner table – all of which are very normal for a sibling pair – my brother is still one of the most important people in my life. Whenever someone asks me who I look up to, my brother, Ed, is always my answer. Ed, thank you for being a brother that I can always count on, despite all of the annoying little sister things that I do.
To the Teachers
I’ve always loved going to school. In fact, every day after school I would come home and play pretend school. I couldn’t get enough! For me, teachers were almost like my second parents. I rarely had a teacher I didn’t like.
From my preschool teacher to my current professors at college, thank you for believing in the next generation and guiding us towards success. I know it must be frustrating to see students turn in assignments late or text in class. However, we understand the value of an education and are grateful for your commitment to us.
To the Mentors
One of the first mentors I can remember were my field hockey coaches. Coach Shephard, Coach Erin, and Coach Brown taught me the sport in seventh grade and were with me until the final buzzer shouted in November of my senior year.
To some of my teammates, our coaches were just field hockey coaches, but to me, they were life coaches. I knew I could turn to them in situations that were and weren’t related to the sport. They made me into a leader, a listener, a hard worker, and a good sportsman. I am so thankful to have those traits.
To the Alphas
Every day it seems as if there is a new person to thank and a new person that has touched my life. I am so thankful to live in a world where I have these people to thank.
I know you have been parent, a sibling, a teacher, or a mentor to someone, and I know that they would say the same grateful words to you as I have said here. Alphas, your kindness, intelligence, and influence is not unappreciated. Thank you for being the voice that has shaped my generation – we wouldn’t be who we are without you.
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