Collectively Generation Y is a happy, optimistic and confident bunch. Considering that, one might assume that love and most other positive emotions come easily for Millennials. Even if love does come easily for some Millennials, or people of all generations actually, it is still takes effort and is very much an active word.
Jessica, a Millennial in Boulder, Colo., is grateful she has experienced the effort behind love. She says difficult times have made the love she gives and shows more active than she ever thought possible.
“I’m thankful for the strength, courage, love and determination I had to muster during six difficult years – years that were difficult for no real reason other than it was my time. These past six years, which at times seemed to conspire to wring my heart dry, have taught me how to love more wildly and fiercely than I ever thought possible.”
It wasn’t an easy road, but Jessica is glad she had to actively dig up the emotions to maneuver her way and find the reasons to be thankful in her life.
“This year, I’m ever so thankful for having climbed the invisible mountain that obstructed the view during most of my early twenties and that my family and friends are still here. I know winter’s coming, but my garden is finally in bloom. I’m happy with what I’ve cultivated, which makes being thankful so much easier.”
It doesn’t matter our age or how readily we love. Like Jessica, we will all eventually experience situations that teach us to love actively, perhaps more than we thought possible. Hopefully, like Jessica, that experience will also make it easier to be grateful for everything else.
To learn more about Jessica, check out her blog.
Follow the 2nd Annual “Gen Y Gives Thanks” series during the entire month of November. Each day a different Millennial will express what he/she is most grateful for this year. Click here to read all “Gen Y Gives Thanks” entries, including the ones from last year.