Think Tank: Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Despite the history and commercialization (which are complete downers I’m not going to talk about tonight), I think Thanksgiving is a moment that Americans need and need to share. Beyond the food, the thing I love about Thanksgiving is that it’s an opportunity to look closer at your life and realize why it’s worth living. Life can be tough, and everyone has days where it seems like everything is ugly and unfair. But this holiday is an annual moment where we gather with the people who mean the most to us and talk/think about what makes our lives full, and that makes me happy. I try to wake up every day of year and be thankful that I’m Zoë. I’m exactly where I want to be at this point in my life, surrounded by people I love. Last year I wrote a post about what I’m thankful for, and it all still stands. I do, however, have a few additions. I’m thankful for:

My English degree, and the fact that I was allowed to get one.

Having work to do, in all aspects of my life. 

Oscar Isaac. 

Living at home.


Access to whatever I want to read.

Art supplies.

The New Yorker.

Having no student debt. 

A bright future. 

Have a wonderful holiday.

Think Tank: What I’m Thankful For

My place setting at tonight's Thanksgiving dinner.
My place setting at tonight’s Thanksgiving dinner.

The world, in all of its beauty and sheer size, is such a mess these days. But I think in light of tragedy and incredible sadness, it is really important to remember that we can all still find a lot to be thankful for — and not just on Thanksgiving. And in remembering what we’re thankful for, we can remember that the world is not an inherently evil place.

What I’m thankful for everyday, in no particular order:

Cal Poly Pomona, and having the opportunity to go to college. 

The Lances and the Philps, for all of our weird -isms but also for being a great support system.

My Public Affairs family, past and present, who inspire me to push myself and be creative. 

My friends. 

The brilliant faculty of the Department of English & Foreign Languages. 

Being geographically close to one of the biggest cultural centers of the world. 

Good coffee, cold Diet Coke and Dutch crunch bread.

ENG 451.

Joan Didion, David Foster Wallace and William Shakespeare.

Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, Vampire Weekend, et al.

Having a computer and access to the Internet.

Having food on my table and a place to sleep.

The ability to think, form opinions and make decisions.

Waking up every morning.

The future.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.