Thankful for Unfairness
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                                     By Tiffany Wu

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the unfairness in life. As much as I am thankful for the sunshine in my life like friendships, relationships, families, for having plenty of food to eat, for having a roof over our heads; I am equally as thankful for the lemons thrown in my face.

You must have heard this saying at least once from somewhere, or at some point in your life. You may have said it yourself. I recall myself having said it so many times growing up when things were what I thought to be less than great; however, I embrace this fact now.

I am thankful for the failures I’ve come across and the lessons I have learned. It has shown me that after each and every failure, every succeeding minute is another chance to do it right. Had bad events such as failing an exam or an assignment or being rejected not occurred, I may have never been forced into discovering new avenues to accomplish my goals, or have found new friends. Life is so full of surprises – just go along for the ride instead of fighting it! When negativity strikes, don’t dwell on it. People often become fully consumed by the things they cannot control instead of being focused in the present moment.

I am thankful for the times that I have been judged, criticized, questioned, rejected, and humiliated. It has inspired me to be my best, to be original, and to be embrace my unique-ness. It led me to find who I am and who I want to be and also who I do not want to become. As ashamed as I may have felt at the time, it has made me a much stronger person today and has given me necessary perspectives on different situations.

I am thankful for the loss of people and things. They emphasized the fact that life is short and can be taken away at any moment and that we should cherish every single moment of it and truly live authentically while we still can.

I am thankful for the missed opportunities. It has taught me to take advantage of what is being presented in front of me and to be brave enough to gamble, even if it means that this could change my life in drastic ways.

I am thankful for the people and the things that slipped from my grasp. I have grown to appreciate what I still have and who will still remain. It has helped me to understand the importance of making the most of what is in front of me while I still have the chance. At the same time, I am thankful I have watched the same people return, for it has helped me see that nothing is certain or ‘for sure’. Life moves in circles and in unruly shapes and patterns. It’s never a straightforward path and can be quite abstract at times. Nothing is linear and it never will be (other than what you learn in math).

I am thankful for closed doors as it has trained me to accept that not everything I want is good for me and that I shouldn’t have everything my heart desires. It just was not meant to be and it may work out for the better.

Failures are set-up for success so just move forward and stay looking ahead.

“Before a dream is realized, the soul of the world tests everything that was learned along the way.” Paulo Coelho

Most of all, I am thankful for having a life that is not always fair. In fact, I wouldn’t have it any other way. It allows me to experience hardships so that I may appreciate everything for which we have worked so hard. I am thankful that my life is absolutely imperfect and is a beautiful mess and a lesson every day. That in itself, is enough reason to keep going and more than enough reason to continue being thankful. 

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