Life. The more I experience, the more I realize just how fragile it is. I love life even with its ups and downs. There is no better feeling than to feel alive.
Family. Mine was almost taken away, and as a result I value them even more than ever.
Friends. I would not have made it through this year without them, nor would I have gone on as many adventures.
Teaching. I'm learning that teaching really is just a way of life that not everyone understands. It can be really hard but is more rewarding than anything I've ever done.
Mountains. They aren't just my playground; they are also my thinking place and where I find peace. They make me stronger and help me remember that there are very few things that we can actually control.
Words. If it weren't for being able to read, write, speak, and listen I'd be lost.
Freedom. Sometimes it's easy to forget just how good we have it here in the states. Sure we have our issues, but at least we have the freedom to talk about them, the freedom to believe what we want to believe, and the freedom to choose what works best for us.
Music. It makes me whole.
Community. I've learned there is very little we can accomplish alone.
Getting by. There have been moments this past year that I barely scraped by financially, but I was always able to find a way to make it work.
Boot straps. Not everyone has them, but my parents made sure I did. I would be in pretty sad shape if I didn't have them to pull myself up with when things get tough.
(This is a video of an interview with my family. It goes to show just how much I have to be thankful for.)