Give thanks this holiday season

By Kait BedellNews Editor

The dining hall is flooding with new faces, the sidelines of games are filling with people again, more people are back and campus is booming. If the past year and a half of living through a pandemic has taught us anything, it is this; the Lasell student body should be grateful for every second we get here, because it could be taken away at any moment.

Remember all those times sat behind a computer screen drained over your third back-to-back Zoom class? Think of the frustrations you faced not getting to interact with your friends normally. Remember what it felt like to not be able to hug? Not be able to touch? Not being able to even see each other’s faces? Remember what it was like to constantly be six feet apart? Sad, right?

Take these painful memories and use them to appreciate life differently. Go to that sporting event. Attend that club meeting. Don’t skip that class, don’t dread that practice. Live every day to the fullest and remember how at one point all you wished was to be in the position you are in now.

I get it. Life is hard. Sometimes your professor is annoying, you are homesick, and the homework is piling up. But in those moments of stress and doubt, remember where we have been. Remember how hard it was for us to get here. We are not completely back to normal yet, but still starving to get there. Let’s be grateful for every day you get.

Remember to live life in the moment and be grateful for even the dreadful and tedious days. Nothing is guaranteed and things can change in an instant. 

When we sat down at the Thanksgiving table this holiday, we were able to hold those family members a little tighter. After all the world has been through, let’s not forget where we were a year ago.

This year when a family member makes a comment you don’t like, laugh it off instead of picking the fight. Life is too short to be uptight over the little things that don’t matter in the big picture.

Savor every moment, be kind and grateful for everyday life, and have a wonderful and safe holiday season.

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