| SARA ERNEST
Oh, come on…who doesn’t like being put on the spot about something that they are thankful for? I’m sure I’m not the first person to worry that what I might say in that moment could be judged by a little known family member. Or worse, I just might not be able to truly say anything good.
While these fears are likely irrational, they are still enough to make some people break out in a cold sweat and develop a sudden, intermittent case of lockjaw. Maybe now would be a good opportunity, in the pressure free environments of our own minds, to take a stroll down the memory lane of the past year.
Good things happen to us every day, but in order to truly appreciate them, we need to make a conscious effort to think about what those things have been. Whether or not the Thanksgiving tradition of going around the table is something that happens around your Thanksgiving dinner table, this is the perfect time of year to take a step back and evaluate the great things that have happened. I’ll start.
The first thing that comes to mind is not so much a thing, but a force of nature. Nina West makes my list of things that I am thankful for. She has been giving back to the community for as long as I’ve known her, and her ability to put a hopeful spin on a really traumatic experience and turn it into something empowering is pretty incredible. When the community was rocked by an unusual bout of violence, she turned it into an opportunity to raise money for BRAVO and call attention to violence against our LGBTQ brothers and sister around the country. Granted, I have missed a couple Fridays of wearing pink, but I do still wear it almost every week. Even if no one else notices, it makes me stop and think about what’s going on in the world and what I can do to help.
The next thing on my list is The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). Whether or not you plan to get gay married, I think SCOTUS should be considered for inclusion in everyone’s Thanksgiving list. By striking down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to rule on the fight over Prop 8 in California, the justices have put us that much closer to equality.
Finally, for the purposes of this column, I am thankful for Quorum Columbus magazine and the opportunity to be like Andy Rooney, only not as grumpy. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been connected to the great group of people I get to work with and have the opportunity to present my opinions to our readers every month.
I’ve touched on some pretty big concepts in this column. Don’t let that be too intimidating. It’s OK to start small. Sometimes we have a really rough go of things, and it seems pretty difficult to come up with something that we are thankful for. Trust and believe that the inside joke with my friend who’s trying to hide the purchase of an $80 baseball cap from his husband made it on my list just because it makes me smile.