With Thanksgiving tomorrow, I spent the past week thinking about the things and people I am thankful for. Of course, I thought of the usual things, like my friends & family, my health, etc. However, the more I thought about it, I realized that there is something, or someone, that I am very thankful to have in my life.
Around this time last year, I was about to graduate college, and start a new journey in my life. Everything around me was changing, and honestly, I don’t handle change well. With everything in my life changing, I was no longer able to find happiness in the things that I used to turn to. I felt lost. I felt alone. And most of all, I felt anxious.
Then one random afternoon in late November, I came across a video of Pittsburgh Penguins hockey star Sidney Crosby. Back when Crosby first got drafted in 2005, I became a fan. I thought he was talented, a great guy, and of course, very cute! As a kid, I grew up watching hockey & I grew up watching Crosby play on my TV. However, around late 2009, I had some personal issues that made me stop watching hockey.
So when I came across this video, I was instantly reminded of how much Crosby meant to me, and how much happiness hockey brought me. I then started watching games again, and quickly I felt a sense of joy inside of me, that I hadn’t had in a long time.
It’s cliche to say, but Sidney Crosby really does make me happy. I may not know him personally, but just being able to watch him during games, and press interviews, and even random events, makes me smile. He is just a genuinely good person, that it makes me want to be a good person. He motivates me to try my hardest, especially while I’m getting into a daily workout grind. He also just makes me laugh. At a time when nothing was making me laugh, he did. At a time when those who once made me smile, made me feel unimportant, he did. And at a time when I needed something to be in my life on a daily basis, he was.
Hockey makes me happy, and watching my favorite player makes me happy. And with how much I struggle with my anxiety, I don’t take my happiness for granted. Someone once told me, “Don’t let others control your happiness.” Each person is allowed to find happiness in whatever or whoever they want. Never let someone tell you differently.
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things you’re thankful for. No matter what it is for you, whether is be a person or an object, or anything in-between, be thankful you have it in your life. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy those things you are thankful for!
Until next time!