It’s amazing how the idea of gratitude can change so drastically.
Last Thanksgiving, I was grateful to be embarking on an adventure to Nepal that I thought would last a few months, tops.
This Thanksgiving, I’m celebrating 365 days abroad, and a year that has changed my life in ways I never could have imagined.
Last year, I was grateful for my snazzy new boots from DSW.
This year, I’m grateful for things like hot water. And my health. And having shoes in the first place – any shoes at all.
Don’t get me wrong – I’ll probably never outgrow my deep-held appreciation of a really great pair of knee-high’s.
But the difference – after experiencing abject poverty and limitless kindnesses and the feeling of knowing the world to be good, and safe, and filled with love – is that now I’m not grateful for the boots themselves.
I’m grateful for the means to buy them.
What’s more, I’m grateful for the feet within the boots –
….feet that have taken me across 6 countries and countless cities in the past year.
….feet that have managed to march me away from all of my preconceived notions.
…..feet that have taken me a step back from my former life, and step forward into something new.
I’m grateful for all of you.
This community is what drives me to keep writing, keep exploring, and keep telling stories.
In the past 8 months, The Happy Passport blog has morphed from a personal travel blog to a platform that shares YOUR greatest travel tales.
It is with deepest thanks that I hand over the reigns to you, the reader.
For if I’ve learned one lesson besides gratitude this year, it’s to listen more than I talk.
What are you most grateful for today?
Let me know by leaving a comment below.