Appreciation is probably a word you heard more frequently when you were younger, mostly from your parents, when being told off!
No doubt they said things such as: you should appreciate your life more, there are people a lot worse off than you are.
But annoying as it is to hear, your parents are right!
Today’s generation we have become less and less appreciative of the life we have. We are often complaining about what we don’t have or saying how unfair our life is.
However, we are incredibly lucky. We have an education; we have a family and we have friendships that can last forever. These relationships should be appreciated, worked at and should not be taken for granted. We should all strive to say thank you once in awhile, as these two small words can make a huge difference to someone's day.
On a more personal level, as a member of the Upper Sixth, mine and the rest of my year group’s time is quickly coming to an end. ‘Goodbyes’ must be said to our friends and our teachers with whom we have spent some of the best and most challenging times together during the past 7 years. I think I can speak on behalf of everyone when I say: how truly lucky and appreciative we are of the friendships we have built and the help we have gained from our teachers.
I would like to end my Thought For The Day with a quote from Winnie the Pooh:
‘How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard’