10 Things You Will Forget To Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

10 Things You Will Forget To Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

Are these on your grateful list?

As thanksgiving approaches, I have found myself thinking long and hard about things that I am grateful and thankful for. Obviously, I have a list of big things that I usually take for granted but am very happy that I have - two loving families, my health, houses and food (always surplus food, too), my extended family, my faith and my life - and not-so-essential but appreciated things - my car, my phone, my pets, people with Christmas lights out already and my grades, to name a few. But I have also compiled a list of ten major things that are not as important but still often overlooked and definitely worth thanking something for this holiday - remember to count your blessings.

1. Plumbing - especially indoor

Could you actually imagine showering once a month using buckets? Or having to walk outside in the middle of the night to squat in a hole and use the restroom? Or drawing water from a well to get a drink? Indoor plumbing is such a blessing - and so rarely do we realize it is so.

2. Traffic lights

If you thought Black Friday and holiday travel traffic was bad before, imagine doing all of it without traffic lights? Stop signs are a pain and take a long time - how would this even work? Next time, thank the traffic light for helping avoid accidents instead of swearing at it for turning yellow on you as you speed past.

3. The ability to cook

This sounds crazy, but, Ratatouille aside, humans are the only creatures that can combine foods together to make others. Cooking makes eating fun and interesting; we would have no Thanksgiving without this ability.

4. The Internet and mobile data connections

Both allow us to connect with people all over the world and learn about things that we never would have had access to before - and data lets us do this whenever we want. This freedom is crazy and deserves appreciation in more than just monetary form.

5. Sanitation workers

These people are angels on earth. No exceptions.

6. Memories

Have you ever really considered how much life would suck if we couldn't remember anything? Obviously we wouldn't learn anything but even assuming that we were fully functioning humans just without a long term memory.... how sad would that be?

7. Shoes

Literally life savers.

8. The right to an education

We - me included - talk a lot about improving our educational system, making America competitive again, etc., which isn't necessarily a bad thing. But wow, it is actually just amazing that we can receive an education and that it is a right in this country.

9. Eyelashes

The amount of junk and bacteria that would enter your eye.... disgusting. Thank you, eyelashes, and I'm sorry for always putting goop on you to try to make you prettier. You're doing great, sweetie.

10. Lack of state border security

I think fairly often about how easy it is to go from one state to another - which is logical, since we are all one country - but imagine if you were driving to Maine or California from Atlanta to visit family and you had to stop at every... single... state's checkpoints.

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52 Instagram Captions Perfect For Your Next Beach Vacation

Perfect for those beach daze.

Summer is officially in full swing. We are all looking forward to the adventures that await us. A lot of us have been dreaming about the day when we finally get to kick our feet up and relax by the ocean. If you find yourself getting ready for a trip to the beach then read these quotes to help get your in the mood for your vacation. Whether you are looking for an Instagram caption or are just trying to settle a bad case of wanderlust, here are 52 quotes on summer:

1. "Hello summer."

2. "I'm happiest when I'm floating in the ocean."

3. "May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your toes."

4. "Life is better with palm trees."

5. "Sandy toes. Sun-kissed nose."

6. "Balmy nights, pink sunsets, and salty air."

7. "Talk to the sand."

8. "Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air." -Emerson

9. "Everyone should believe in something. I believe I should go to the beach."

10. "Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure."

11. "The ocean is calling and I must go."

12. "Here comes the sun."

13. "If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes."

14. "I'm just a beachy kinda girl."

15. "As free as the ocean..."

16. "As endless as the ocean, as timeless as the tides..."

17. "Life's a beach. Enjoy the waves."

18. "A pineapple a day keeps the worries away."

19. "Let the currents guide your heart."

20. "Happiness comes in waves."

21. "Let's go somewhere where the stars kiss the ocean."

22. "My favorite color is sunset."

23. "I lost my heart to the sea."

24. "Sun, sand, and surf."

25. "Salt in the air. Sand in my hair."

26. "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." -Van Morrison

27. "High tides and good vibes."

28. "Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes."

29. "Stop and smell the ocean."

30. "I'm happy anywhere I can see the ocean."

31. "Tropical state of mind."

32. "Forever chasing the sun."

33. "Girls just wanna have sun."

34. "Some of the best memories are made in flip flops." -Kellie Elmore

35. "Good times and tan lines."

36. "Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun-kissed hair, endless summer, take me there."

37. "The ocean is calling."

38. "Love you to the beach and back."

39. "Paradise found."

40. "Seas the day."

41. "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

42. "Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat."

43. "I never met a sunset I didn't like."

44. "Beach daze always."

45. "Catch me by the sea."

46. "Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair." -Zac Brown Band

47. "Stay salty."

48. "Done adulating- let's be mermaids."

49. "Find me under the palm trees."

50. "Sea you soon."

51. "Hello sunshine."

52. "Don't mind me... I'm just chasing the sun."

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Never Take The Beach For Granted

I walked along the shore where sandpipers and royal terns were enjoying the waves and sunshine and I was reminded to do the same.


My toes submerge into cloud white powder that lines the seashore. The holy ground beckons me to remove my shoes, be mindful of where you tread. It cushions every step. The sand thickens and turns from fluffy powder to a finely packed mat, smooth and chilled. I approach the gentle whooshing waves, and the sand is like ice. One foot in the water and I jump from its coolness. It's cold, but I like it. The second step is not so bad. The clear water curls around my toes and pushes forward then trickles back in a steady motion.

I am not the only one entranced by the steady sound, the gentle swooshing. A little girl plays in the waves, squatting in the water, oblivious to its frigid temperatures as she fills her sand bucket. Her mother stands nearby, calf-deep in the water, phone to her ear, raving to a friend or family member about how wonderful the beach is. Behind me, a man lies on the beach doing nothing but listening to the sound and basking in the late afternoon light.

Puffy clouds line the horizon where the sun is headed. It shines brightly just above them illuminating the water with a trail of light. I can't help but think; I belong here. A fling of sandpipers zip past, diving and circling in rapid syncopated motion. When facing one way they are nearly invisible, their dark browns blend in with water and sky, but when as a group they turn, all their white feathers catch the sunlight at once in a brilliant flash of light. Their angled wings are perfect for maneuvering fast, confusing anything that would try to catch them.

When they have found the opportune, undisturbed spot, they land in one crowd, dozens of tiny birds. Together, they scurry about on twig legs and stab their knife beaks into the sand with precision. They move with the waves, retreating with a rush of scurrying feet whenever the wave approaches, then they immediately return as the water pulls back again, catching as many little creatures as they can before running back again.

Royal Terns casually stand on the water's edge, not nearly as skittish as the little sandpipers. They don't run as I approach them. They look to the water and groom their fluffy feathers, warming themselves in the sun. Bright orange long beaks and black ruffled heads, they stand regally on the sand.

Sometimes I'm too busy, taking pictures, walking, and thinking, that I forget to stop and take in the beauty. Sometimes I get caught up in life and forget I live ten minutes from the beach. Like the birds and the people, I want to stand on the shore and take in the sounds of the waves, their lulling motion, and the suns inviting rays. I want to stay there and get lost in it until I forget everything else. Because enjoying the sand, the waves, and the sun is all that truly matters. So, remind me to never take the beach for granted.

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