Why I shouldn’t be thankful and why I still am

On the eve of Thanksgiving, a day in which we’re meant to consider being thankful, it’s somewhat instinctive for me to think that there is very little for me to be thankful for right now. Why should I be thankful? I’ve suffered a horrific accident that has left me incapable of doing so many of the things I love. My life has been turned completely upside down at a time where I should be harnessing all the intellectual and creative potential I have in a professional way. I’m regrettably not getting on any planes or visiting any friends or family in a faraway place, because the logistics of long distance travel are too much to handle.

But as tempting as it is to get caught up in the negativity and think about why things suck so much right now (because honestly, many things really DO suck now), I’d rather think about the following list of just a few of the things I’m extremely thankful for despite my current condition.

Why I’m thankful:

  • I have improved every single day since my accident and will continue to do so in some way
  • My brain function has been unaffected by this accident. I have all the cognitive and mental capacities I’ve always had
  • I can still drink coffee
  • I am reminded everyday of the many people in my incredible community of friends and family and all they’re doing to help me
  • I couldn’t ask for a better family
  • My hands are strong enough to at least somewhat prepare and cook the turkey, and my intense exercise allows me to be hungry enough to eat all my Thanksgiving favorites
  • I can go outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air
  • My scars are pretty badass

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10 thoughts on “Why I shouldn’t be thankful and why I still am

  1. Arash .. this was very touching and I appreciate this blog very much please continue to write. WE are thankful to have you in our lives! We love you. Keep up the hard work. We have no doubt you can accomplish anything you put your mind to and we are here every step of the way! Happy thanksgiving!

  2. Hi Arash,
    what a lovely post. And we are thankful to hear from you and to learn about your progress, so keep writing!!

  3. Another reason to be thankful, Arash jan: You are inherently a positive thinker. It is a gift that many people wish they had.

  4. Arash,

    And we are thankful for you – for your inspiring attitude and moving blogs. You love life too much and are loved by so many that you will continue to make amazing progress, muffins and all. Look forward to seeing you at your fundraiser soon.


  5. I second what everyone else is saying. I’m thankful to have you as a friend… And your scars are bad ass, you’re totally right about that.

  6. I second what everyone else is saying. I’m thankful to have you as a friend… And your scars are bad ass, you’re totally right about that.

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