This is the time of year that we reflect on what we are thankful for. Beyond what we are thankful for, it is important to acknowledge what we appreciate. I’m thankful for my job, my education, my apartment and my car, but more than anything, I appreciate my family who gave me all of these things.

My parents are the most supportive people in my life. They never let anything limit my dreams. This value has carried me far in life and taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to. I have done a lot in my short life already. I look at the people around me that have not been given the same opportunities as me, and all I can do is realize that I have been incredibly blessed.

My family is the greatest family in the world. We have our problems and sometimes we fight, but at the end of the day, we support each other. My parents are endlessly giving and forgiving. Whatever I do in my life, they support me 110%. They have given me so much, and continue to give even when it means they will have less. I will forever be indebted to them for everything they have done for me.

Think of these people in your lives. Maybe for you, it isn’t your parents. Maybe it’s a significant other or a best friend. Take the time to tell these people that you love them and appreciate them and remember to never take them for granted. Mom and Dad, thank you for always having my back and pushing me to follow my dreams. I love and appreciate you both so much.

-       Bria